The 2016 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2012 RBS 6 Nations due to the tournament's sponsorship by theRoyal Bank of Scotland, was the 13th series of the Six Nations Championship. The annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
Including the competition's previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it was the 118th tournament of the annual European championship.
For the first time since 2008, there were no Friday night fixtures.
Whilst Italy continued to play their home matches in Rome, they used Stadio Olimpico instead of Stadio Flaminio, which Italy had used for their home Championship fixtures since entering the competition in 2000. The Championship was won by Wales, who achieved their third Grand Slam in eight tournaments