Unbeatable Six Nations Player Records: Exploring Hard-to-Beat Achievements
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Unbeatable Six Nations Player Records: Exploring Hard-to-Beat Achievements

9 January 2024
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Unbeatable Six Nations Player Records: Exploring Hard-to-Beat Achievements

2024 Six Nations

The 2024 Six Nations is almost here, with the northern hemisphere's best teams gearing up for an intense battle. As we eagerly anticipate the tournament, let's delve into some remarkable individual records that might stand the test of time.

Appearances

Surprisingly, it's not the legendary Welshman Alun Wyn Jones but the iconic Italian Sergio Parisse who holds the appearances record in the Six Nations. Parisse represented Italy an astonishing 69 times, starting in every single game. His unwavering commitment and skill make him Italy's greatest player in history. Jones is closely behind with 67 appearances, showcasing his enduring excellence. The remaining top five consists of Brian O’Driscoll (65), Rory Best (64), and Ronan O’Gara (63), all proudly representing Ireland.

Points

The points category is unlikely to see significant changes this year, with the sole active contender, Owen Farrell, taking a break from Test rugby to prioritize personal well-being and family. This sets the stage for the established records to hold their ground.

Tries

One category that might see a shift is the try-scoring tally, with George North of Wales trailing by just three tries. Although North is still an active player, uncertainties loom regarding his future role under coach Warren Gatland. Ireland's O’Driscoll leads with 26 tries, followed by Ian Smith of Scotland (24), and two Welsh greats, Shane Williams (22) and Gareth Edwards (18), completing the top five.

Points Scored in a Season

The record books boast Jonny Wilkinson's phenomenal 2001 campaign, where he accumulated a staggering 89 points, including a record-breaking 35 points against Italy. This remarkable achievement stands as a testament to Wilkinson's exceptional skill and dominance on the field.

Tries Scored in a Season

Delving into history, England's Cyril Lowe secured the record in 1914 with eight tries, a feat later matched by Scotland's Smith in 1925. Both players achieved this in fewer games, given the tournament's evolution to six teams. While the prospect of challengers emerging in 2024 is exciting, the five-game format poses a considerable challenge.

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