Rugby union trophies and awards
Rugby union trophies and awards have been given out to teams and participants from the very earliest days of the sport's history. In common with many other sports rugby union has an array of competitions, both domestic international, covering the spectrum of competition structures from season long leagues, to one-off matches. The list below is divided into sections such that trophies and awards competed for by national sides are grouped together, as are those competed for by club and provincial sides. In both cases, the type of award can differ. The award might be a perpetual trophy, which is one competed for in perpetuity by two sides such that on each occasion they meet, which may or may not be on a regular basis, that honour is contested. The award may be one that is given to the winner of a tournament, or as a subset of this, as an award for a particular honour attained in that tournament. Additionally, the sport of rugby union bestows certain honours on individual players, and these too have their own dedicated section below.
Current International Trophies
|Name of trophy||First Contested||Last Contested||Type||Participants and Record||Current holders||Notes|
|Webb Ellis Cup||1987||2011||Tournament Trophy||World Cup
|New Zealand||The most prestigious trophy. The Main prize for the Rugby World Cup|
|Melrose Cup||1993||2013||Tournament Trophy||World Cup
|New Zealand||The main prize of the Rugby World Cup Sevens.|
|Six Nations Championship Trophy||2000||2014||Tournament Trophy|| England-4
|Triple Crown||1883||2014||Tournament Honour|| England-24
|England||The Triple Crown as a term was first recorded in 1884. The cup was known as the invisible cup because no trophy existed until one was commissioned in 2006.|
|Calcutta Cup||1879||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| England-66
|England||Named after the Calcutta Football Club which, after disbanding withdrew the club's Silver Rupees from the bank, and had them melted down and made into a cup which they presented to the RFU in 1878, with the provision that it should be competed for annually.|
(Irish: Corn an Mhílaoise)
|1988||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| England-17
|England||Contested as part of the Six Nations Championship. It was initiated in 1988 as part of Dublin's millennial celebrations. The trophy in the shape of a horned Viking helmet.|
|Centenary Quaich||1989||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Scotland-13
|Ireland||Awarded as part of the Six Nations Championship. Although the two countries have played each other on 121, the cup has only been presented to the winners of the fixture since 1989.|
|Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy||2006||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Italy-2
|France||Awarded as part of the Six Nations Championship. The trophy, designed by former French international and professional sculptor Jean-Pierre Rives, was awarded for the first time on 3 February 2007 to France as part of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Italian national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi in Nice.|
|Rugby Championship trophy||2012||2014||Tournament Trophy|| New Zealand-3
|Bledisloe Cup||1931||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| New Zealand-42
|New Zealand||Named after Lord Bledisloe, the former Governor-General of New Zealand who donated the trophy in 1931.
|Mandela Challenge Plate||2000||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| South Africa-5
|South Africa||It is named after South Africa's first post-apartheid president, Nelson Mandela.
|Freedom Cup||2004||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| New Zealand-8
|New Zealand||The trophy is contested between South Africa and New Zealand, during the Tri-nations tournament. It was first contested in 2004, the 10 year anniversary of South African democracy.|
|Puma Trophy||2000||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Australia-5
|Trophée des Bicentenaires||1989||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Australia-13
|France||To celebrate the bi-centenaries of Australia and the French Revolution, in 1988 and 1989 respectively, the French Rugby Union donated the Trophée des Bicentenaires to be played in perpetuity between the two countries. It is a bronze sculpture featuring two players in a tackle. Although the trophy dates from 1988, it was first contested in 1989.|
|Cook Cup||1997||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| England-8
|England||The cup is named after Captain James Cook
|Hopetoun Cup||1998||2013||Perpetual Trophy|| Australia-6
|Australia||Named after the Seventh Earl of Hopetoun, a Scotsman, who, as the then Governor-General of Australia, presided over the Federation of Australia in 1901.
|Lansdowne Cup||1999||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Australia-7
|Ireland||Donated by the Lansdowne Club of Sydney, which was named after Lansdowne Road, the home of Ireland rugby for over a century until its demolition in 2007 to make way for Aviva Stadium.|
|James Bevan Trophy||2007||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Australia-8
|Dave Gallaher Trophy||2000||2013||Perpetual Trophy|| New Zealand-10
|New Zealand||Named after Dave Gallaher, the famous 1905–06 All Blacks captain who was killed in Belgium during World War I. Introduced in 2000, it is awarded to the winner of a selected challenge match in any given year.|
|Hillary Shield||2008||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| England-1
|New Zealand||The trophy is named in memory of the New Zealand mountaineer and explorer, Sir Edmund Hillary.|
|Prince William Cup||2007||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| South Africa-7
|Wales||Celebrates 100 years of rugby union history between Wales and South Africa. It is named after the Vice Royal Patron of the WRU, Prince William.|
|Admiral Brown Cup||2012||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Ireland-2
|Ireland||Admiral Guillermo Brown was born in 1777 in Foxford, County Mayo. He emigrated at an early age, first to Philadelphia and then to Buenos Aires. He led the Argentinean navy in the wars for independence against the Spanish and Brazilian empires. The Republic of Argentina honors this Irishman as a national hero and many cities, partidos, streets and parks, including clubs and sports stadiums throughout Argentina are named in his honor.|
|Investec Challenge Cup||2013||2013||Perpetual Trophy|| England-1
|Tom Richards Trophy||2001||2013||Perpetual Trophy|| Australia-1
|British & Irish Lions South Africa Series Trophy||2009||2009||Perpetual Trophy|| South Africa-1
|Killik Cup||2009||2014||Perpetual Trophy||Barbarians-5
|Douglas Horn Trophy||2008||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Canada-0
|Scotland||Douglas Horn is the Father of Alan Horn, a board member of Rugby Canada, while the trophy is essentially to recognize the long standing relationship between Canada and Scotland in both the rugby world and international relations.|
|Antim Cup||2002||2014||Perpetual Trophy|| Georgia-8
|Georgia||Named after Anthim the Iberian, a native of Georgia who became one of the most important Orthodox ecclesiastical figures in Wallachia, one of the predecessor states of modern Romania.|
|European Nations Cup||2000||2014||Tournament Trophy|| Romania-4
|Georgia||European Championship for tier 2 and tier 3 rugby union nations, with winners of each division promoted up to the next and loser demoted down.|
|Asian Five Nations||2008||2014||Tournament Trophy|| Arabian Gulf
|Japan||Annual international rugby union competition held between the top five Asian sides.|
|Pacific Nations Cup||2006||2014||Tournament Trophy||Current Nations 2014
Junior All Blacks-2
| Fiji and
|South American Rugby Championship||1951||2014||Tournament Trophy|| Argentina-35
|Americas Rugby Championship||2009||2013||Tournament Trophy|| Argentina Jaguars-4
|Africa Cup||2000||2013||Tournament Trophy|| SA Amateurs-3
|Kenya||Organised by the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR), the tournament prior to being renamed the Africa Cup in 2006, was known as the CAR Top 9 and CAR Top 10.|
Past International Trophies
|Name of trophy||First Contested||Year ceased||Type||Participants and Record||Last holders||Notes|
|Home Nations Championship Trophy||1883 / 1932||1931 / 1939||Tournament Trophy|| England-9
The final edition of this tournament in its Home Nations format was in 1939, although it did change in 1932 with the addition of France. Although France withdrew from the competition in 1931 reducing it back to just the Home Nations. France re-entered in 1947, with the tournament returning to the Five Nations Championship format.
|Five Nations Championship Trophy||1910 / 1947||1931 / 1999||Tournament Trophy|| England-23
The final edition of this tournament in its Five Nations format was in 1999. Although, it did cease in 1931 when France withdrew from the tournament, but re-entered in 1947.
|Tri Nations Trophy||1996||2011||Tournament Trophy|| New Zealand-10
The final edition of this tournament in its original format was in 2011. With Argentina's entry in 2012, the tournament was renamed The Rugby Championship.
|Churchill Cup||2003||2011||Tournament Trophy|| Canada
|England Saxons||The tournament, whose final edition was held in 2011, was contested by teams from Canada, England, and the United States, and other invited teams. It was named after former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Churchill's mother, Jennie Jerome was an American, born in Brooklyn.|
|Cornwall Cup||2008||2008||Perpetual Trophy|| Australia
|CAR Castel Beer Trophy||Tournament Trophy|
|PARA Pan American Championship||Tournament Trophy|
International Honours not represented by Trophies
|Name of trophy||First Contested||Last Contested||Type||Participants (no. of wins in brackets)||Current holders||Notes|
|Le Crunch||1906||2014||Perpetual Contest|| England-53
|France||This is merely a traditional name for the tie. There is no physical trophy.|
|Grand Slam||2012||Tournament Honour|| England
|Wooden Spoon||2014||Tournament Honour|| England
|Italy||This is "awarded" to the team that finishes the Six Nations Championship at the bottom of the table.|
Domestic and Club Trophies
|Name of trophy||First Contested||Last Contested||Type||Image||Participants (no. of wins in brackets)||Current holders||Notes|
|United Hospitals Cup||1874||Ongoing||Tournament||GKT RFC-50
Imperial Medicals RFC-50
Barts and The London RFC-24
St George's RFC-3
Royal Vets RFC-0
|Barts and The London RFC||The United Hospitals Challenge Cup is contested by the six medical schools in London and is most notable for being the oldest rugby cup competition in the world.|
|Ranfurly Shield||1902||2013||Domestic challenge|| New Zealand provinces.
For a list of holders, see Ranfurly Shield#Past shield-holders.
|Hawkes Bay||Named after Uchter Knox, 5th Earl of Ranfurly, the Governor of New Zealand who donated the trophy to the New Zealand Rugby Football Union in 1901. The NZRFU decided to award it to the winner of its 1902 season, and then make it subject to a challenge system.|
|Super Rugby Trophy||2011||2014||Tournament||provincial teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa||NSW Waratahs|
|Super 12 Trophy||1996||2004||Tournament||provincial teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa||Brumbies|
|Super 14 Trophy||2005||2010||Tournament||provincial teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa||Bulls|
|Currie Cup||1892||2013||Domestic|| South AfricaSouth African provinces
See Currie Cup#Overall winners
|Natal Sharks||South Africa's premier domestic rugby union competition, featuring teams representing either entire provinces or substantial regions within provinces. Named after Sir Donald Currie, owner of Union-Castle Lines, who instructed the touring British Isles team of 1891 to hand this trophy over to the team in South Africa that gave them the best game.|
|MacTier Cup||1998||2014||Domestic|| Rugby Canada Super League
Canadian Rugby Championship
|Ontario Blues||Prior to 2009, was awarded to the winner of the RCSL. From 2009 onwards, was awarded to the winner of the CRC.|
|Meads Cup||2006||2013||Domestic|| New Zealand second-level provinces.
See Heartland Championship#Winners.
|Mid Canterbury||The top-tier trophy awarded in New Zealand's second-level domestic competition, the Heartland Championship. Named after iconic All Black Colin Meads.|
|Lochore Cup||2006||2013||Domestic|| New Zealand second-level provinces.
See Heartland Championship#Winners.
|South Canterbury||The second-tier trophy awarded in the Heartland Championship. Named after another All Black great, Brian Lochore.|
|Bouclier de Brennus||1892||2014||Domestic|| French League
For winners see Top 14#Total wins
|Toulon||Trophy awarded to the winners of the French rugby union domestic league. Named after Charles Brennus, cofounder of France's original rugby governing body, USFSA, who created the shield based on a design by the other cofounder, Pierre de Coubertin. The original trophy is no longer presented. Due to its increasingly battered condition, it was decided in 2003 to restore the trophy and place it on permanent static display. In each season since 2003, with the exception of 2004 when the original was used one final time, a replica of the original shield has been presented.|
|European Challenge Cup||1996||2014||Tournament||Clubs from England, France, and Italy always compete, as well as a specially created team from Romania. Clubs from Ireland and Wales usually compete as well. Clubs from Scotland do not start in the competition, but may parachute in from the Heineken Cup. Also, one club from either Spain or Portugal also qualifies.
For winners, see European Challenge Cup finals.
Also known for sponsorship reasons as the Amlin Challenge Cup.
|Heineken Cup||1996||2014||Tournament||Clubs from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
For winners see Heineken Cup records and statistics.
|Toulon||Named after the competition's sponsor, Heineken.|
|Pacific Rugby Cup||2006||2013||Tournament|| Fiji Warriors
World Rugby Awards
- World Rugby Player of the Year
- World Rugby Team of the Year
- World Rugby Coach of the Year
- World Rugby Junior Player of the Year
- World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year
- IRB International Sevens Team of the Year
- IRB Award for Distinguished Service
- IRB Chairman's Award
- IRB Development Award
- IRB Distinguished Service Award
- World Rugby Hall of Fame
- IRB International U21 Player of the Year
- IRB International U19 Player of the Year
- IRB International Women’s Personality of the Year
- World Rugby Women's Player of the Year
- IRB International Young Player of the Year
- IRB Referee Award for Distinguished Service
- IRB Spirit of Rugby Award
- IRPA Special Merit Award
- IRPA Try of the Year
- Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service