Six Nations review

Date published: March 21 2013


After every major tournament, we review the state of affairs in each competing nation.

As we do after a major tournament, we review the state of affairs in each of the competing nations.

Click on each nation for a full review.

A Wooden Spoon РFrance's first in the six-team era and only their second in 44 years Рhas resulted critics of the pre-tournament favourites calling, in vain, for Philippe Saint-Andr̩'s head.

Ireland opened their campaign with such promise that after 43 minutes against Wales many considered them contenders for the title. Unfortunately, that opening period was as good as it got.

Success! At long last, Italy have managed to back up claiming one big scalp with another. The result? Their best Six Nations to date.

Scottish supporters would have been forgiven for biting your hand off if offered the option of a third-placed finish in the Six Nations.

You're only as good as your last game is a notion that has been dug up over how this English team's campaign has panned out. Harsh? Maybe.

It's hard to believe that a few weeks ago the Welsh public were baying for Rob Howley's blood, on the back end of an eight-game losing streak and that had crushed all confidence.

2013 Six Nations statistics
The best individual performers and the head-to-head numbers from the fifth and final round.