Home Nations


Home Nations

:"Home nation" (common noun) redirects here; home nation is also used to refer to the host country of multi-sport events (eg. the Olympics), or other international sports championships."

Home Nations (often written as the common noun home nations) is a collective term used to refer to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which together form the United Kingdom.

In most sports, Northern Ireland does not have a separate international team, as the whole island of Ireland fields a single national team. The term "home nations" has extended to Irish national teams in some of these sports (such as rugby union and hockey) even though they draw players from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which is a separate country from the UK.

Occasionally the term Home Countries is used. [http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/site/BC/gbr/CommonwealthGames2006/20060316_CG_Home_Nations.asp "historic rivalries between the home nations and the Commonwealth were once again centre stage with the Home Countries having great success"] , British Cycling, March 2006]

porting events

'Home Nations' is often used in reference to sporting events in which each competes separately, such as rugby union's Six Nations Championship and the now defunct British Home Championship in association football.

Between 1883 and 1909, what is now the Six Nations was played between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and was known as the Home International Championship; it reverted to that name when, from 1932 to 1939, France was excluded from the tournament even though, by then, Ireland had been partitioned into Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the independent Irish Free State (Ireland from 1949). The term continues to be used in rugby union and rugby league [ [http://www.rte.ie/sport/2005/1110/easterby.html RTÉ Sport: Easterby relishing New Zealand clash ] ] even though the Ireland national rugby union team and Ireland national rugby league team draw players from the entire island. The term "Home Union" is used to refer to the four national governing bodies. [http://www.google.ie/search?q=%22home+nations%22+site%3A.irishrugby.ie]

In association football, the British Home Championship (also known as the Home International Championship) was an annual competition contested between the UK's four national teams, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (later, Northern Ireland), between 1884-1914, 1919-1939, and 1946-1984.

Other sports which use the term "Home Nations" include boxing, cricket, curling, [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/other_sports/disability_sport/4179455.stm "Scotland have been nominated as the home nation to score points towards a place for Great Britain"] , BBC Sport website, 16 January 2005] cycling, disabled sports, fencing, hockey, golf, mountaineering, rowing, skiing, swimming and tennis.Fact|date=August 2008

The term is also used to refer to the seven representative teams — England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey — from the British Islands that participate in the Commonwealth Games.

ee also

* British Isles (terminology)
* Constitutional status of Cornwall
* Constituent country
* Home rule
* Home Counties - counties in or surrounding London
* United Kingdom
* Symbols of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

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  • Home Nations Championship 1884 — Die Ausgabe 1884 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) fand vom 5. Januar bis 12. April statt. Turniersieger wurde England, das mit Siegen gegen alle anderen Teilnehmer die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Home Nations Championship 1885 — Die Ausgabe 1885 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) konnte nicht wie vorgesehen beendet werden, da die Verbände sich zerstritten hatten und für die zwei verbleibenden… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Home Nations Championship 1886 — Die Ausgabe 1886 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) konnte nicht beendet werden, da die Verbände sich zerstritten hatten und für das verbleibende Spiel keine Mannschaften …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Home Nations Championship 1887 — Die Ausgabe 1887 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) fand vom 8. Januar bis 12. März statt. Turniersieger wurde Schottland. Abschlusstabelle Land Spiele Siege Unent. Ndlg …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Home Nations Championship 1888 — Die Ausgabe 1888 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) konnte nicht beendet werden. Grund war der Boykott des englischen Verbandes Rugby Football Union, der sich weigerte,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Home Nations Championship 1889 — Die Ausgabe 1889 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) konnte nicht beendet werden. Grund war wie im Vorjahr der anhaltende Boykott des englischen Verbandes Rugby Football… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Home Nations Championship 1890 — Die Ausgabe 1890 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) fand zwischen dem 1. Februar und dem 15. März statt. Turniersieger wurden gemeinsam England und Schottland.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Home Nations Championship 1891 — Die Ausgabe 1891 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) fand zwischen dem 3. Januar und dem 7. März statt. Turniersieger wurde Schottland, das mit Siegen gegen alle anderen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Home Nations Championship 1892 — Die Ausgabe 1892 des Turniers Home Nations Championship in der Sportart Rugby Union (das spätere Five Nations bzw. Six Nations) fand zwischen dem 2. Januar und dem 5. März statt. Turniersieger wurde England, das mit Siegen gegen alle anderen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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