Vintage Six Nations Rugby Championship featuring England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. The collection features vintage rugby shirts, heritage polo shirts, retro t-shirts and classic sweat shirts and hoodies.
The competition was first played under the guise of the Home Nations Championship in 1883. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland competed.
In 1910 the championship then became the Five Nations when France joined. Further expansion didn’t come for another 90 years, when in 2000 the Six Nations Championship was formed with the addition of Italy.
The winners of the Six Nations are presented with the Championship Trophy. This was originally conceived by the Earl of Westmorland, and was first presented to the winners of the 1993 championship, France. It is a sterling silver trophy, designed by James Brent-Ward and made by a team of eight silversmiths from the London firm William Comyns.
It has 15 side panels representing the 15 members of the team and with three handles to represent the three officials (referee and two touch judges). The cup has a capacity of 3.75 litres – sufficient for five bottles of champagne. Within the mahogany base is a concealed drawer which contains six alternative finials, each a silver replica of one of the team emblems, which can be screwed on the detachable lid.
A new trophy was introduced for the 2015 Championship.The new trophy was designed and crafted by Thomas Lyte silversmiths and replaces the 1993 edition, which is being retired as it represented the nations that took part in the Five Nations Championship. Ireland were the last team to win the old trophy, and coincidentally, the first team to win the new one.
The first Rugby Union international was staged in 1871 between Scotland and England in Edinburgh.
Before the first Championship in 1883 occasional friendly games between the four nations teams were played during a 12 year period. In that inaugural Home International Championship England won the first series, along with a Triple Crown.