European Nations Cup (Rugby Union)
The European Nations Cup ( ENC) is organized by the Continental Association FIRA -AER rugby union tournament for European national teams of the second and third class strength. Since the Division 1 of the ENC is also the highest European rugby union competition below the Six Nations, this division is sometimes referred to as the Six Nations B.
The tournament is divided into three divisions, which in turn contain up to four sub- divisions. In each sub-division, there are five or six teams (except Division 3 with three teams). A season lasts for two years, during which completed each team against all other sub-division of a return game. By season's end, the group winners will advance to the next higher division, while the last placed dismount.
At the present time no ascent or descent between the ENC and the Six Nations is provided. The reigning Division 1 is Georgia, which won the title in 2012.
The result of the ENC is from a reform of the FIRA European Championship in 2000. Initially year seasons were planned without games. Between the years 2002 and 2008 a two-year game mode with leg matches were held. As of 2009, the highest division is played again yearling. The cumulative two -year-old table is used to determine the Absteigers and - if the lap is considered as qualifying for the World Cup - the teams that can participate directly or via Repechage at the World Cup. The lower divisions will continue to be held in the two-year mode. More on the history of European competition under Rugby Rugby Championship.
The European Association FIRA considered the sport seasons in autumn - summer mode: 2008-2010 season begins in the fall of 2008, ending in the summer of 2010 and will be followed by the 2010-2012 season. Similarly, the year-long seasons of top flight will be referred to the official website FIRA, although the games are always played in a calendar year. To simplify the presentation, here are the seasons of Division 1 or Division 1a - similar to the Six Nations - identified only by the actual calendar year.
Another special feature is the announced in 2002 change from one year to two-year seasons seasons. As a master of the 2001 Edition of Georgia still was recognized, but the 2001 results were also valid for the cumulative Edition 2001 2002 This could lead to the situation that Georgia gets two championship titles within a season. , One for the first round and one for the entire season, even if another team would have won the second round - but not sufficient. This team would have been so had reason to feel aggrieved. However, Romania won the second round sovereign enough to end up at the top of the two-year overall table.