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European Nations Cup (rugby union)

European Nations Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
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Sport Rugby union
Founded 2000
No. of teams See below
Continent Europe
Most recent champion(s) 23x15px Georgia
Most titles 23x15px France (25),
23x15px Romania (9),
23x15px Georgia (8)

The European Nations Cup, or ENC – sometimes referred to as the Six Nations B – is the European Championship for tier 2 and tier 3 rugby union nations.

The tournament is split into 7 divisions, each with 4-6 teams. The divisions play on a two-year cycle with the teams playing each other both home and away. Since 2009, the title is assigned according to a one-year ranking. The current champions are Georgia, who won the 2014 Title.

Since Italy's joining the Five Nations Championship in 2000, making it the Six Nations, there has been no promotion, or relegation, between the European Nations Cup and the Six Nations.

History

File:ENC 2014-16.svg
2014-2016 European Nations Cup Divisions
Key
Division 1A
Division 1B
Division 2A
Division 2B
Division 2C
Division 2D
Division 3A
Six Nations
Others

After the setup of the divisional system in 2000, Romania won the first competition with maximum of points, with the initial season also including Morocco.

Russia then replaced Morocco in 2001 when Georgia secured the title and were crowned after a 31-20 win over Romania in Bucharest. As the competition format changed from a one-year tournament to two-years, the Netherlands were not relegated after this season.

Romania started 2002 trailing Georgia after the 2001 results, but managed to win all of the remaining five games, including a 31-23 victory in Tbilisi.

Portugal were 16-15 winners over Romania in Lisbon and installed themselves at the top of the 2003-04 table. In the second half of the competition, Romania beat 36-6 against Portugal in Constanţa, but went down 24-33 to Russia in Krasnodar. Then Portugal clinched their first title with a last-minute 19-18 home win over Russia. The Russia - Czech Republic game was rescheduled due to bad weather and was eventually cancelled.

The 2005-06 championships also served as a qualifying pool for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Romania triumphed even though they finished level on points with Georgia, while Ukraine was relegated after losing all matches.

The 2007-08 edition saw the return of the Spanish to the top Division. The winners were Georgia, after their display at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The Russians recorded their highest ever finish in second. The Czech Republic were the team to finish on the bottom of the table, losing all of their matches, relegating them back to Division 2A.

A new format change was decided at the beginning of 2009. Each calendar year has its own champion, but the cumulated ranking over two years decides the team to relegate. The 2009-10 edition was also basis for European Qualification to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The 2009 season saw the début of Germany in the top division, Georgia defending their title, and there were wins for Portugal and Russia in Bucharest.

Faced with the possibility to miss for the first time ever a Rugby World Cup, Romania were rewarded with the 2010 title. This feat was however not enough to overtake Georgia and Russia, who, helped by their good results from the previous year, gained the automatic qualification, leaving Romania to go through the Play-Off Qualification Rounds. Germany was relegated after failing to win any games.

Georgia won the 2011 edition, after beating Romania 18-11 in Tbilisi. The promoted team, Ukraine, lost all of their matches, except a single win over Portugal.

2010 - New Format

For the 2010-2012 competition (and promotion/relegation between groups going forward to successive competitions), the top two divisions (previously 1 and 2A) were redefined as 1A and 1B, both having 6 teams (previously 6 and 5). The next four levels (previously 2B, 3A, 3B and 3C) become 2A-2D, under the new system, with the remnants of Division 3D making up the initial group of teams labelled as Division 3. In principle, each division is to encompass a different type of competition.

In Division 1, groups have 6 teams (meaning more matches and thus more travel), a significant fraction of the players are assumed to be professional or semi-professional (meaning that fixtures are, as often as possible, scheduled within the IRB's international fixtures time windows when clubs must release players for national duty), and only one team is promoted and one relegated every two years (meaning that the competitions are more stable).

In Division 2, groups have only 5 teams each (usually meaning one home match and one away match in the Autumn, and the same in the Spring, for each team), it is assumed that the majority of players are amateurs (meaning scheduling is not as limited), and in addition to the traditional automatic first-promoted-last-relegated system, fourth place from the higher pool will play second place from the lower pool after every two-year competition, with the winner taking the position in the higher pool. From a five-team group, one team is promoted, one team is relegated and two teams play in playoffs. Thus, a maximum of four of a pool's five teams could change from one two-year competition to the next.

In division 3, a single-location, short-time-period (one week or 10 days) tournament is organised once per year. This minimises travel costs for teams and time-off-work requirements for players, and allows the flexibility of having a different membership every year, rather than requiring the membership to be constant over two years. The best performing team over two years of tournaments is promoted to Division 2.

In the year of transition to the new system (2010), there were no relegations from any division below the highest, because the second-highest (old 2A, new 1B) was expanded by one team.

Current divisions and standings (2014–2016)

Key
* Team promoted from the division below after the 2012–14 season
Team relegated from the division above after the 2012–14 season
Team's first season
Division 1A P W Pts
23x15px Georgia 5 5 21
23x15px Romania 5 3 15
23x15px Spain 5 3 14
23x15px Russia 5 3 13
23x15px Portugal 5 1 5
23x15px Germany* 5 0 1
Division 1B P W Pts
23x15px Moldova 5 3 16
23x15px Belgium 3 3 12
23x15px Poland 3 2 9
23x15px Netherlands* 3 1 6
23x15px Ukraine 3 1 5
23x15px Sweden 3 0 0
Division 2A P W Pts
23x15px Czech Republic 2 2 10
23x15px Croatia 2 1 7
23x16px  Switzerland 2 1 5
23x15px Malta 2 1 4
Template:Country data ISR* 2 0 0
Division 2B P W Pts
23x15px Lithuania 2 2 10
23x15px Latvia 2 2 9
23x15px Cyprus* 2 1 4
23x15px Hungary* 2 0 2
23x15px Andorra 2 0 0
Division 2C P W Pts
23x15px Slovenia 2 2 9
23x15px Luxembourg* 2 2 9
23x15px Austria 2 1 5
23x15px Denmark 2 0 2
23x15px Serbia 2 0 0
Division 2D P W Pts
23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 9
23x15px Finland 2 1 5
23x15px Bulgaria 2 1 5
23x15px Norway 2 1 4
23x15px Turkey* 2 0 2
Division 3 P W Pts
23x15px Belarus 0 0 0
23x15px Estonia 0 0 0
23x15px Greece 0 0 0
23x15px Montenegro 0 0 0
23x15px Slovakia 0 0 0

Last updated: 13 March 2015.

The 1930s: the first four tournaments

Year Host city Winner Second place Third place
1936 Berlin 30x27px
France
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Germany
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Italy
1937 Paris 30x27px
France
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Italy
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Germany
1938 Bucharest 30x27px
France
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Germany
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Romania

The 1950s: the European Cup

Year Winner Second place Third place
1952 30x27px
France
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Italy
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West Germany
1954 30x27px
France
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Italy
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Spain

The Nations Cup 1966-1973

Year Winner Second place Third place
1965/1966 30x27px
France
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Italy
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Romania
1966/1967 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Italy
1967/1968 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Czechoslovakia
1968/1969 30x27px
Romania
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France
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Czechoslovakia
1969/1970 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Italy
1970/1971 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Morocco
1971/1972 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Morocco
1972/1973 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Spain

The FIRA Trophy 1974-1997

Year Winner Second place Third place
1973/1974 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Spain
1974/1975 30x27px
Romania
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France
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Italy
1975/1976 30x27px
France
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Italy
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Romania
1976/1977 30x27px
Romania
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France
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Italy
1977/1978 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Spain
1978/1979 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Soviet Union
1979/1980 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Italy
1980/1981 30x27px
Romania
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France
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Soviet Union
1981/1982 30x27px
France
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Italy
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Romania
1982/1983 30x27px
Romania
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Italy
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Soviet Union
1983/1984 30x27px
France
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Romania
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Italy
1984/1985 30x27px
France
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Soviet Union
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Italy
1985/1987 30x27px
France
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Soviet Union
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Romania
1987/1989 30x27px
France
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Soviet Union
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Romania
1989/1990 30x27px
France
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Soviet Union
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Romania
1990/1992 30x27px
France
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Italy
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Romania
1992/1994 30x27px
France
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Italy
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Romania
1995/1997 30x27px
Italy
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France
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Romania

European Nations Cup (2000 – present)

Year First Division Lower Division Champions
Winner Second Third Relegated Division 2 Division 3
2000 23x15px Romania 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Morocco 23x15px Russia 23x15px Czech Republic
2001 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Romania 23x15px Russia 23x15px Poland Not played [1]
2001–2002 23x15px Romania 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Russia 23x15px Netherlands 23x15px Czech Republic[2] 23x15px Slovenia
2003–2004 23x15px Portugal 23x15px Romania 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Spain 23x15px Ukraine 23x15px Moldova
2005–2006 23x15px Romania 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Portugal 23x15px Ukraine 23x15px Spain 23x15px Latvia
2007–2008 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Russia 23x15px Romania 23x15px Czech Republic 23x15px Germany 23x15px Sweden
2008–2009 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Russia 23x15px Portugal 23x15px Germany [3] 23x15px Ukraine 23x15px Lithuania
2010 23x15px Romania 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Russia
2011 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Romania 23x15px Portugal 23x15px Ukraine [4] 23x15px Sweden 23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Spain 23x15px Romania
2013 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Romania 23x15px Russia 23x15px Belgium [5] 23x15px Netherlands 23x15px Turkey
2014 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Romania 23x15px Russia
2015 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Romania 23x15px Spain TBD TBD TBD
2016 TBD TBD TBD

European Nations Cup All-Time Table (2000-2015)

Nation Champs Games Won Draw Lost Win/Lose Percentage Last Season
23x15px Georgia 8 80 64 4 12 84% 2015
23x15px Romania 4 80 58 2 20 74% 2015
23x15px Morocco 0 5 3 0 2 60% 2000
23x15px Russia 0 74 42 3 29 59% 2015
23x15px Portugal 1 80 35 3 42 45% 2015
23x15px Spain 0 70 21 3 46 34% 2015
23x15px Czech Republic 0 29 6 0 23 21% 2007-2008
23x15px Netherlands 0 15 1 0 14 7% 2001-2002
23x15px Ukraine 0 20 1 0 19 5% 2012
23x15px Belgium 0 10 0 1 9 0% 2014
23x15px Germany 0 15 0 0 15 0% 2015

European Nations Cup Winners (2000-2015)

Nation Winner Runner-up Third Place
23x15px Georgia 8 4 1
23x15px Romania 4 6 2
23x15px Portugal 1 0 3
23x15px Russia 0 2 5
23x15px Spain 0 1 1
23x15px Morocco 0 0 1

Other trophies

Several other trophies are contested within the main competition, mostly as long-standing fixtures between pairs of teams.

  • Viriato Cup: Portugal versus Spain. The most recent Viriato Cup match was draw, so Spain kept the trophy (2013)
  • Trophy of the Two Iberias: Georgia versus Spain. The most recent Trophy of the Two Iberias match was won by Georgia (2013)
  • Treasure of Lipovens: Romania versus Russia. The most recent Treasure of Lipovens match was won by Romania (2013)
  • Antim Cup: Romania versus Georgia. The most recent Antim Cup match was won by Georgia (2013)
  • Moscow Gold: Russia versus Spain. The most recent Moscow Gold match was won by Russia (2013)
  • Coltan Cup: Portugal versus Belgium. The most recent Coltan Cup match was won by Portugal (2013)
  • Trajan's Column: Spain versus Romania. The most recent Trajan's Column match was won by Romania (2013)
  • Suebi Bowl: Germany versus Portugal. The most recent Suebi Bowl match was won by Portugal (2010)

See also

References

  1. ^ Was played the first round of 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
  2. ^ Was played as the second round of 2003 Rugby World Cup – European qualification
  3. ^ relegation and promotion on two year based ranking
  4. ^ relegation and promotion on two year based ranking
  5. ^ relegation and promotion on two year based ranking

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