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Six Nations: Who has won the most Triple Crowns?

Do you have a record of which countries have won the most Triple Crowns? Tom Hall, England

The Triple Crown was a mythical trophy "invented" by the late-nineteenth century press when the International Championship was a tournament confined to the four Home Unions. It was "awarded" to the team that beat all three of the other home nations in the same season.

The Triple Crown remained the Holy Grail of the Championship long after France made it a Five Nations tournament (in 1910), because the newcomers were not a recognised force in international rugby until the 1950s.

When France began to dominate the tournament from 1959 to 1962, the Grand Slam -- another expression invented by the press -- replaced the Crown as the goal of the Five Nations teams.

England's win against Wales at Twickenham completed their tenth Triple Crown since the early 1990s. That is more than the other home nations have managed together in the same period, giving an indication of the extent to which England have dominated British/Irish rugby in the past 25 years.

The full record of Triple Crown wins is as follows:

England (25 times) 1883, 1884, 1892, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1934, 1937, 1954, 1957, 1960, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2014, 2016.

Wales (20 times) 1893, 1900, 1902, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1988, 2005, 2008, 2012

Scotland (10 times) 1891, 1895, 1901, 1903, 1907, 1925, 1933, 1938, 1984, 1990.

Ireland (10 times) 1894, 1899, 1948, 1949, 1982, 1985, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009.