Wales equal record low position in World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini
A third consecutive defeat in the 2023 Six Nations sees Warren Gatland’s team fall to 10th.
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After an unforgettable weekend of Guinness Six Nations rugby, we throw the spotlight on some of the records that were broken and new milestones met.
Guinness is best known for lending its name to two things – Six Nations rugby and a Book of World Records. And this weekend it was hard to separate one from the other.
Joining history 🏴@ScotlandTeam | #SCOvIRE pic.twitter.com/zZQyyegofh— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) March 12, 2023
Starting off at Twickenham, France marked their 800th test with a record 53-10 win against England.
It easily beat France’s best previous score of 37 points in the fixture and their best winning margin of 25.
For England, it was a day to forget. But one that will go down in the record books, nonetheless.
England suffered their heaviest-ever home defeat and their third biggest in history behind the 76-0 loss to Australia in Brisbane on the ‘Tour of Hell’ in 1998 and 58-10 to South Africa in Bloemfontein in 2007.
It also means that for the first time in the history of the Six Nations, England will go an entire Championship without a home win.
England lost 29-23 to Scotland in Steve Borthwick’s first match in charge and their only remaining game is against Ireland, away.
Ireland, meanwhile, remain on course for their third Grand Slam of the Six Nations era after a 22-7 win against Scotland.
The 300th match played at Murrayfield did not produce the result that the majority of fans inside wanted, nor was it a fitting way for Stuart Hogg to celebrate his 100th cap for Scotland.
Johnny Sexton, however, did equal a record in what was also the 50th test between Scotland and Ireland.
Ireland’s evergreen fly-half kicked two conversions and a penalty to equal Ronan O’Gara’s record 557 points in the Six Nations. A missed conversion in the first half denying him the top position outright.
No major milestones were set or records broken in Wales’ 29-17 win over Italy in Rome, although the defeat means the Azzurri have now gone over a decade since their last Six Nations win at home.
Their last win at Stadio Olimpico in Rome was a 22-15 victory over Ireland on 16 March, 2013.