Calcutta Cup: The Six Nations Rugby championship

Wednesday 28th February 2024 05:46 EST

The 2024 Six Nations' third round concluded, leaving Ireland as the sole unbeaten team.

Ireland's quest to defend their Grand Slam title received a boost with a convincing win over Wales in Dublin.
England suffered defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield despite an early lead from George Furbank. Duhan van der Merwe's two quick tries turned the tide, securing victory and the Calcutta Cup for the hosts.

Italy narrowly missed a shock win against France, hitting the post with the final kick, resulting in a contentious draw in Lille.
According to the Rugby Football Union website, the Calcutta Cup was crafted in Kolkata, India, by Indian Silversmiths. Its design pays homage to the history between Britain and India.

The Calcutta Football Club, founded in 1872, suggested creating a "Challenge Cup" with remaining funds. Crafted from 270 silver rupees, the trophy features an Indian elephant with three handles symbolising the king cobra.

Of the 130 matches between England and Scotland, England holds a significant lead in overall wins. England has claimed the Calcutta Cup 71 times compared to Scotland's 43 victories, with 16 draws.

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