Six Nations: Where do Ireland play, when did they last win, what is their anthem and who is their coach?
Ireland are world No1 heading into the Six Nations and have two mighty games – against France and England – at home this season.
They are seen as one of the fiercest competitors in the Six Nations with passionate fans and a strong domestic system feeding quality players.
The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland play as the Island of Ireland – under a flag consisting of the island’s four provinces – and have two anthems.
Despite not winning the title last year they are the holders of the Triple Crown – when you beat the other three home nations.
Ireland play their games at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Once Lansdowne Road, the national team moved to Croke Park while their new stadium was being built.
The Aviva Stadium has three sides of three tiers and one side of one tier – the remaining space behind one set of posts is dominated by a striking glass wall.
It is the smallest Six Nations stadium, holding 51,700.
As previously stated, Ireland compete with two anthems.
Away from home, you usually hear Ireland’s Call – an anthem composed for the 1995 World Cup without political connotations.
The other anthem is Amhran na bhFiann. At home, both anthems are played and the President of the country usually greets both teams.
Captain and Coach
Andy Farrell – father of England captain Owen – is the head coach of the national team, he is widely respected and seen as one of the leading contenders to coach the next Lions tour in 2025.
His captain is veteran fly-half Johnny Sexton, who is competing in his final Six Nations Championship.
The Dubliner has been one of the most consistent performers in the Championship over the years.
Five Ireland Facts
- Former Irish player – and current LA Rochelle coach – Ronan O’Gara holds the record for the most Six Nations points with 557.
- Brian O’Driscoll holds the record for the most tries in the history of the Six Nations with 26.
- Ireland have the most Wooden Spoons in the entire history of the competition with 25.
- Gordon D’Arcy won the first ever player of the championship award.
- The Championship is headquartered in Dublin.