POSTED: February 1st 2009

Our choice: Six Nations Miscellany


LONDON/TAMPA: Did you know that Ireland's rugby union team won more games in the Six Nations' Championship between 2000 and 2008 than any of their British rivals - without ever winning the title?

Ireland won 31 games, England 30, Wales 20 and Scotland 13. In fact, Ireland were outstripped in victories by France (33) but everyone did better than comparitive newcomers Italy (six). This is just one example of the myriad notes and curios about the northern hemisphere's major rugby union tournament to be found in John White's latest Six Nations Rugby Miscellany.

Such volumes have proved highly popular in recent years: like other such miscellanies it may not demand a high level of concentration in the reading but it certainly demanded that quality in its compilation.

Hundreds of items range across the full breadth of the game - from players and teams to sports politics and scandals, from quotes to statistics, from trivia to heavy records - from the Six Nations to rugby at the Olympics . . . which is where it will end up again in 2016 if directors of the International Rugby Board have their way.

The volume can be an entertainment as much at home as in the stand before kickoff or out in the car park. A flexible friend indeed! -KR

The Six Nations Rugby Miscellany by John White (Carlton Books: £9.99)

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