Six Nations: A beginner’s guide to the Millennium Trophy
There are many trophies to win during the Six Nations Championship, including the Millennium Trophy, that will form one of the battles on Super Saturday this year as the 2023 edition comes to an end.
In anticipation of the 2023 Millennium Trophy, Planet Rugby explains this highly coveted rugby award in more detail.
What is the Millennium Trophy?
The Millennium Trophy is awarded to the winner of the clash between England and Ireland fixture in the Six Nations competition. The trophy, which is shaped like a Viking horn, was initiated in 1988 as part of Dublin’s Millennial celebrations.
Who has won more Millennium Trophies?
England have won the Millennium Trophy 20 times since its inception in 1988. Meanwhile, Ireland falls short of their rivals, having only won the trophy 15 times.
However, the world number one ranked side are the current holders of the title, beating England 32-15 at Twickenham in their Six Nations fixture last year.
Millennium Trophy Statistics
The Red Rose have the longest winning streak, having claimed the trophy for six consecutive years between 1995-2000.
The match with the biggest winning margin for the Millennium Trophy was in 1997, when England beat Ireland with a score of 46-6.
The clashes with the smallest winning margins were played in 1994 and 2009. Ireland beat England in 1994 with a score of 13-12 and in 2009 with a score of 14-13.
When will the Millennium Trophy be contested?
The 2023 Millennium Trophy will be contested on March 18 in the final round of the Six Nations as England travel to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with the hopes of bouncing back from a record defeat to France last weekend.
Meanwhile, Ireland will be looking to complete the Grand Slam at their hallowed ground. The fixture will be shown on ITV Sport at 17.00 GMT.
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