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The European Nations Cup (also known as ENC or sometimes as Six Nations B) is the European Championship for tier 2 and tier 3 rugby union nations. The Championship is split into 7 divisions with 5 or 6 teams in each. The divisions play on a two-year cycle with the teams playing each other both home and away.

At present, there is no promotion or relegation between the European Nations Cup and the Six Nations. The current champions are Georgia, who won the 2006/2008 First Division title.
2008-2010 Divisions


History

After the setup of the division system in 2000, Romania won the first such competition. The first season included Morocco. Russia replaced Morocco in 2001 with Georgia securing the title after a consistent performance, crowned with a decisive 31-20 win over Romania in Bucharest. As the competition format changed from one-year to two-years, the Netherlands wasn't relegated after this season. Romania started in 2002 trailing Georgia after 2001 results, but managed to win all of the remaining five games, including a hard-fought 31-23 victory in Tbilisi.

Portugal were surprise 16-15 winners over Romania in Lisbonmarker and installed themselves on the top of the 2003 table. In the second half of the competition, Romania seemed back on track (36-6 against Portugal in ConstanĊ£amarker), but went down 24-33 to Russia in Krasnodarmarker. Then Portugal clinched their first title with a last-minute 19-18 win over Russia in Lisbonmarker. The Russia - Czech Republic game was rescheduled due to bad weather and was eventually cancelled. The 2004-06 championships was also serving as a qualifiying group for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Romania triumphed despite finishing level on points with Georgia, while Ukraine were relegated after losing all matches.

The 2006-2008 Championships saw the return of the Spanish to the top Division. The winners were Georgia, continuing to shine after their impressive display at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The Russians showed their continuing emergence with their highest ever finish in second, pushing Georgia all the way. The Czech Republic were the team to finish on the bottom of the pile with a whitewash of defeats, relegating them to Division 2A. The 2008-2010 Championships will be the most important yet as they will form the basis for European Qualification to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, for all nations involved. The Championships will also see the return of Germany to the top division since the remodeling of the Championships in 2000.

Current divisions (2008-2010)



Division 1




Division 2A




Division 2B




Division 3A




Division 3B




Division 3C




Division 3D
(withdrew 28 Sept 2009)




The thirties: the first three tournaments

Year Host city Winner Second place Third place
1936 Berlinmarker
1937 Parismarker
1938 Bucharestmarker


The fifties: the European Cup

Year Winner Second place Third place
1952
1954


The Nations Cup 1966-1973

Year Winner Second place Third place
1965/1966
1966/1967
1967/1968
1968/1969
1969/1970
1970/1971
1971/1972
1972/1973


The FIRA Trophy 1974-1997

Year Winner Second place Third place
1973/1974
1974/1975
1975/1976
1976/1977
1977/1978
1978/1979
1979/1980
1980/1981
1981/1982
1982/1983
1983/1984
1984/1985
1985/1987
1987/1989
1989/1990
1990/1992
1992/1994
1995/1997


European Nations Cup (2000 - Present)

Year First Division Lower Division Champions
Winner Second Third Relegated Division 2 Division 3
2000
2001
2001-2002
2003-2004
2004-2006
2006-2008
2008-2010


Results by nation

Team First place Second place Third place
25 5
8 14 10
2 3 1
1 9 8
1 1
4 3
* 1 3
1 2
4
3
2


  • Includes the third placed finish by West Germany in 1952


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