Six Nations: 11 of the most unwanted records including the FASTEST red card

Six Nations: Split with Robinson, Parisse and Ewels Credit: Alamy
Six Nations: Split with Robinson, Parisse and Ewels Credit: Alamy

Records are often associated with glory, joy and celebrations. However, there is a flipside to records, and those are the ones no team or players want.

With the Six Nations only a stone’s throw away, Planet Rugby takes a look at who holds some of the most unwanted records in the Championship’s history.

Least number of Six Nations titles

Probably one that will hurt most for fans and players, particularly from Italy and Scotland, who have both failed to win the Six Nations since the competition expanded in 2000.

In Scotland’s defence, they won the final edition of the Five Nations in 1999 but have failed to produce the goods since then. However, it has been difficult for Italy since joining the Championship, with no silverware to show for their efforts.

Most consecutive losses

A statistic no team wants their name next to. Italy holds the record for a torturous 36 losses on the bounce in the Six Nations.

The unfortunate run of defeats began in 2015 after their 22-19 win against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2015, and the Azzurri fans had to wait until the final round of the Championship last year when Italy broke their drought by beating Wales in Cardiff for the first time ever.

What a way it was for the Italians to get back to winning ways as the game seemed dead and buried in the Welsh side’s favour, only for a moment of magic to unfold. Young full-back Ange Capuozzo received a clearance kick on his 10-metre line, skirted around the defender, finding himself in open space on the right before stepping the final defender. It looked like the cover defence would manage, but the young star played a simple ball inside to Edoardo Padovani, who scored the winner. A massive try.

Most losses by a team

The Championship has a long history and has taken different forms over the years, beginning as the Home Nations Championship before expanding to the Five Nations and ultimately the Six Nations in 2000.

Considering that entire period Scotland has lost the most games with a total of 265 defeats in 494. However, since Italy joined, they have lost 101 times in 115 Tests, which is the most of the newest era of the tournament.

A truly painful record to hold.

Most losses by a single player

The reading does not get any easier for the Italians, especially Sergio Parisse, who has the unfortunate honour of the most losses as a single player in the tournament, with 59 defeats in 69 games.

Parisse, of course, is an absolute legend of the game and also holds the record for most appearances in the Championship.

Most tries against a single team

Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll is still the Six Nations’ all-time top try-scorer with a ridiculous total of 26 that still remains strong, with the closest active player George North on 22.

Interestingly the great centre had a particular liking for scoring against Wales, crossing the whitewash on an impressive seven occasions – more than a quarter of all his tries in the Championship.

Biggest defeat

The Azzurri once again went on the wrong side of a record when they caught the full force of the makings of the 2003 World Cup winners England, losing 80-23.

Italy had only just joined the tournament the year before, and it was always going to take some hard years before they truly found their feet. England was loaded with stars, including Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Joe Worsley, Will Greenwood, Jason Robinson and more.

It proved a tremendously difficult day at the office as the Red Rose ran rampant to hand Italy the biggest defeat in Six Nations history.

Most tries against

In the 115 Tests Italy has played in the Six Nations, the side has conceded a brutal 475 tries in total. That is a tough statistic to take.

However, considering all games played, including previous iterations of the tournament, Scotland would be the team that has conceded the most tries, with a grand total of 911.

It is worth a reminder that in the bigger picture, Scotland has played more than four times the amount of games than Italy.

Most total points conceded

Keeping with the same trend as above, the Azzurri have been on the wrong end of the scoreboard and conceded a whopping 2,961 points since their inclusion in 2000. That is a total of 25.7 points per game.

Looking holistically, it is Scotland who tops the charts once again with a total of 6,611 points conceded throughout their involvement. That is a modest total of 13.3 points per game.

Most wooden spoons

As one may have guessed, Italy holds arguably the most unwanted record of them all, with a total of 17 wooden spoons in 22 tournaments since their inauguration, crucially avoiding a clean sweep since 2000.

However, it’s surprisingly Ireland that has the most wooden spoons across the versions of the Championship, with a total of 25. Much like some of the previous records, Ireland has played many more editions than Italy.

Quickest red card

England second-row Charlie Ewels put his name in lights for all the wrong reasons last season when it took only 82 seconds for him to get sent off against Ireland.

It certainly is not a red card that would have been given in previous years, but in the current rugby climate with head injuries and their effects later on in life severely in the spotlight, it was a card that had to be given.

Ewels goes in far too high for a tackle on Ireland’s James Ryan, and the pair heads clash with force. Whilst some may try to argue that it was not a red, by the letter of the law and based on precedence, the card was given and was the fastest red in Six Nations history.

Most red cards by a team

Scotland lead the charge with four red cards in the Six Nations era ahead of Italy, who have been given three.

However, this statistic will change the quickest out of all mentioned, given the dramatic increase in cards being handed out in the modern game. It was interesting to note that since 2000 there have only been 14 red cards in the Six Nations.

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