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Rugby tournament gets fresh look

New trophy unveiled for RBS Six Nations Championship

Six Nations trophyA new trophy has been designed for the RBS Six Nations Championship – the first to recognise its change from the Five Nations tournament.

It has been designed and crafted by world-renowned silversmiths Thomas Lyte which has a long history of making some of sport’s most prestigious silver and gold trophies, awards and medals, including the English FA Cup, The Web Ellis Rugby World Cup and The Ryder Cup.

The new Six Nations trophy will replace the 1993 edition, which is being retired as it represented the nations that took part in the pre-millennium Five Nations Championship.

The year 2000 marked the start of the Six Nations Championship, with the addition of Italy to England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the new Trophy is the first to truly represent all six participating nations in the RBS 6 Nations Championship.

The new trophy retains a link with the history of the event by transferring the names of past winners onto the band of the plinth, with space for future winners.

It has been made from 7kg of silver and is crafted from more than 50 pieces. The body is crafted from a single sheet of sterling silver, with the six-sided shape representing each competing nation with each nation’s crest, as well as the year they joined the Championship engraved on the plinth.

At 75cm high it is adorned with a gold-plated ‘6’ in both handles and a rugby ball and crown device on the lid finial. It took the silversmiths more than 200 hours to make it.

John Feehan, chief executive of Six Nations Rugby, said: “The trophy is a magnificent addition to rugby’s greatest championship and we are looking forward to presenting it to the successful captain on the final weekend of the 2015 Championship.

“I would like to applaud the work of Thomas Lyte, who have produced a stunning trophy to match the status of our competition. “

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