Six Nations Rugby 2017

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The annual Six Nations Rugby championship is one of the most illustrious tournaments on the rugby calendar. Each year, the national teams of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy battle it out to be crowned kings of the nations. Close neighbours will battle for victory, with Scotland and Ireland kicking off the Six Nations 2017 tournament on Saturday 4th February in Edinburgh. Later the same day will see Le Crunch when England meet France at Twickenham.
The Six Nations tournament started life as the Home Nations Championship (1883–1909 and 1932–39), which was contested by England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who were later joined by France in the Five Nations and then Italy to complete the line-up for today’s competition.

SIX NATIONS 2017 FIXTURES

Round 1
04/02/2017 14.25 Scotland v Ireland
Edinburgh
04/02/2017 16.50 England v France
London
05/02/2017 14.00 Italy v Wales
Rome

 

Round 2
11/02/2017 14.25 Italy v Ireland
Rome
11/02/2017 16.50 Wales v England
Cardiff
12/02/2017 15.00 France v Scotland
Paris

 

Round 3
25/02/2017 14.25 Scotland v Wales
Edinburgh
25/02/2017 16.50 Ireland v France
Dublin
26/02/2017 15.00 England v Italy
London

 

Round 4
10/03/2017 20.05 Wales v Ireland
Cardiff
11/03/2017 13.30 Italy v France
Rome
11/03/2017 16.00 England v Scotland
London

 

Round 5
18/03/2017 12.30 Scotland v Italy
Edinburgh
18/03/2017 14045 France v Wales
Paris
18/03/2017 17.00 Ireland v England
Dublin

Venezuela Flag Facts

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The current flag of Venezuela was adopted on 12th March 2006. The flag consists of a horizontal tricolour of yellow, blue and red. Across the blue band is an arch of eight white stars. The inclusion of the National Coat of Arms in the top left corner is optional.

The use of a tri-colour of yellow, blue and red dates back to 1811. The flag was designed by Francisco de Miranda (a military leader and Venezuelan revolutionary) – the background of the flag was exactly the same as the Colombian flag with the addition of an Indian female holding a lance with Phrygian cap sitting on mound whilst admiring a resplendent sunset. This original design was hoisted for the first time on March 12th, 1806 at Jacmel, Haiti as Miranda’s expedition set sail on the final leg of its voyage to Venezuela in an attempt to liberate the country (unsuccessfully). The flag was first flown over Venezuelan soil at La Vela de Coro, on August 3rd. Until August 3rd, 2006, Flag Day was celebrated in Venezuela on March 12th – since 2006 the date has changed to August 3rd. The flag was later adopted by  the National Congress of 1811.

In 1813, after a civil war where the Royalists were defeated, a second republic was formed and a new flag adopted. The flag composed of a black square over a white diamond shape on a red flag. The flag only lasted until 1814 when the republic ended.

Since 1817, Venezuela has always used the yellow, blue and red horizontal tri-colour with various additions including numerous coats of arms, shields and stars.

In 1930 a design was adopted which incorporated the familiar tri-colour with seven stars in an arch representing the provinces of Venezuela (Caracas, Cumana, Barcelona, Barinas, Margarita, Merida and Trujillo). An eighth star was added in 2003 to represent the province of Guayana.

The colours of the Venezuela flag are said to be representative as follows – traditionally yellow symbolises the wealth of the land, blue stands for the seas around Venezuela and the rivers that run through it and red represents the courage and blood spilt by the Venezuelan people for their independence from Spain.

For more info on historical flags of Venezuela click here.

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Vietnam Flag Facts

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The flag of Vietnam consists of a yellow star on a red background. Red is the colour often associated with the international communist movement. The Vietnam flag uses red to symbolise its social revolution and the blood lost in achieving this. The star represents the five classes of society in Vietnam – intellectuals, farmers, workers, businessmen and military.

Prior to the WWII, Vietnam had been under French rule. The Vietnam flag was first used in November 1940 at an uprising in southern Vietnam against French rule. In 1941, the flag was used by the Viet-Minh (a communist led organisation in Vietnam) to protest against Japanese occupation.

At the end of WWII, the Viet-Minh leader, Ho Chi Minh, proclaimed Vietnam independent from French rule and on 5th September 1945 signed a decree adopting the flag as the flag of North Vietnam. The flag was slightly modified in 1955 (the edges of the star were made sharper) and is still used today.

South Vietnam (also known as the Republic of Vietnam) was recognised internationally as a country in 1949 after anti-communist politicians formed a rival government to Ho Chi Minh. South Vietnam adopted its own flag consisting of a yellow background and three red horizontal stripes. The red symbolising the peoples blood running through the whole country. The flag was used by South Vietnam until 1975 after the fall of its capital Saigon and Vietnam became a unified communist country. This yellow flag is still used today by Vietnam immigrants, most of whom fled in the late 1970s and 1980s to escape the communist regime.

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Australia Flag Facts

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One of the most recognisable national flags has to be the iconic Australian flag which displays the Union Jack along with the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross on a blue field. So, when was the Union Jack first seen on Australian soil?

Lieutenant James Cook (a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy) landed at Botany Bay on the 29th April 1770 and used the flag to represent the British Empire (this was the first Union Jack introduced in 1606 which did not include the cross of St Patrick), and was again used during the European settlement of the country on the 26th January 1788. There were six British colonies and each had its own flag based on the Union flag.
The first flag to use the Southern Cross (seen on today’s Australia flag) was the Australasian Anti-Transportation League flag – designed by Reverend John West in 1849. Australasian Anti-Transportation League opposed penal transportation (British sending convicts to Australia).
Once the Europeans became more settled in the country during the 19th century two attempts were made to introduce an original national flag. The first attempt was named the National Colonial Flag created in 1823–1824 by Captains John Nicholson and John Bingle. The flag was very similar to the current white ensign of the Royal Navy, with the addition of four eight pointed stars on each limb of the red cross. A more popular national flag of the period was the 1831 Australian Federation Flag, also designed by Nicholson. This flag was very similar the Colonial flag with one difference – the red cross was changed to blue. The flag became more popular during the second half of the 19th century when the calls for a federation were growing stronger.
As the Federation of Australia approached (the joining of the six British colonies to form the Commonwealth of Australia) a joint competition run by the new Commonwealth Government and the Melbourne Herald was held for the public to design a new flag of Australia. There was a whopping 32,823 entries, with five very similar entries declared as the winners. The differences to the current flag were the six-pointed Commonwealth Star, while the components stars in the Southern Cross had different numbers of points, with more if the real star was brighter. This led to five stars of nine, eight, seven, six and five points respectively. In 1903 the flag went through a slight change when all the stars of the Southern Cross bar the smallest were changed to seven-pointed. The flag is infamous for being approved by King Edward VII.
The final change to the flag saw the Commonwealth Star changing to a seven-pointed version on the 23rd February 1908.The seven points represent the six colonies plus an extra point to represent the colonies collectively.
The use of the Southern Cross constellation depicts Australia’s geographical position.

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Armenia Flag Facts

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In Ancient times, the Armenian’s would enter battle displaying carvings such as dragons, lions or eagles mounted on poles. With the introduction of Christianity, the Armenian’s adopted a number of different flags which represented the various dynasties – the flags again incorporated images such as eagles and lions.
In the 19th century, Armenia was split between the Persian and the Ottoman Empires, which marked a period where the country did not have a recognised flag.
In 1885, the Armenian Students Association of Paris requested a flag be designed by Catholic priest Father Ghevont Alishan. He designed two flags, but one was deemed too similar to the Bulgarian flag (same colours upside down). The second flag designed at the end of the 19th century was similar to the French tri-colour but with colours red, green and blue – the flag is known as the ‘Nationalist Armenian Flag’. The colours were said to represent the rainbow that Noah saw after landing on Mount Ararat.
During the 20th century, the flag of Armenia saw a number of changes as the country was annexed by the Russian Empire before gaining independence and becoming part of the Soviet Union, and finally became an independent country adopting the flag we see today.
The current flag of Armenia is a resplendent red, blue and yellow vertical tri-colour, with the definition of the colours explained in the Armenian constitution as follows, “The red emblematises the Armenian Highland, the Armenian people’s continued struggle for survival, maintenance of the Christian faith, Armenia’s independence and freedom. The blue emblematises the will of the people of Armenia to live beneath peaceful skies. The orange emblematises the creative talent and hard-working nature of the people of Armenia”.

More Armenia flag info can be found here

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Yemen Flag Facts

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On 22nd May 1990, Yemen (Republic of Yemen) became one country after the unification of North Yemen and South Yemen.
The Flag of Yemen was adopted on 22nd May 1990. The flag is the same as the Arab Liberation Flag of 1952. This flag was the inspiration for the flags of North and South Yemen prior to unification. The design of the Yemen flag is a horizontal tricolour of red, white and black. These colours are the Pan-Arab colours along with green.
The red represents the bloodshed lost in the country’s struggle for independence, white symbolises hope for the future, and black stands for the country’s dark days of the past.
North Yemen was an independent state from 1918 to 1962 and was known as the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen. The flag used changed three times during this period but was always a red background. From 1918 to 1923 it was a plain red flag, from 1923 -1927 it was a red background with Arabic wording and from 1927-1962 it used the red background with a white Arabian sword and 5 stars on it. From 1962 to 1990 North Yemen (now also known as Yemen Arab Republic) created another new flag. This flag had the red, white and black triband with a green star on the white band – green being the other Pan-Arab colour and also the colour of Islam.
South Yemen (also known as The People’s Democratic Republic) was a socialist state and a satellite state of the Soviet Union. Its flag, until unification with North Yemen in 1990, was a red, white and black triband but with a sky-blue triangle on the left side with an angled red star inside; the red star symbolising socialism.
For more info about historical Yemen flags click here.

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Argentina Flag Facts

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The flag of Argentina was first used by Manuel Belgrano (an Argentine economist, lawyer, politician and military leader) with the original design based on the Cockade of Argentina which Belgrano had created during the Argentine War of Independence after noticing both the royalist and patriotic forces were using the same colours – Spain’s yellow and red. The flag used the same blue and white colours seen on the current Argentina flag but with a different layout – 3 equally spaced vertical stripes of white, blue and white. Belgrado sent a letter to the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (modern-day Argentina) body of government (the First Triumvirate) informing of them of the new flag, which was promptly rejected; policy at the time was to state that the government was ruling on behalf of King Ferdinand VII of Spain who was captive of Napoleon, whereas the creation of a flag was a clear act of independence. However, by the time the reply was received, Belgrado had moved on, and on August 23, 1812 he had reached Buenos Aires where the flag was flown atop the Church of Saint Nicholas of Bari. Still not knowing about the Triumvirate’s refusal, Belgrano raised the flag at San Salvador de Jujuy and had it blessed by the local church on the second anniversary of the May Revolution. When order arrived at Salta, Belgrado swiftly accepted it and stopped using the flag.
The current governing body was eventually replaced by the Second Triumvirate who agreed the flag could be used as a war flag, with its first outing at the Battle of Salta which saw the Army of the North led by Belgrado defeat the Royalist troops led by Pío de Tristán.
The flag was finally declared as the national flag by by the Congress of Tucumánin 1816 with the design now being the more familiar vertical tri-colour of blue, white, blue.
In 1818 the Sun of May (May referring to the May Revolution which took place in the week from 18th to 25th May 1810, which marked the beginning of the independence from the Spanish Empire) was added to the war flag, and it was soon decided to also use it in the national flag. Over the years the flag has stayed almost the same, with a few minor alterations – for more info click here.

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Zambia Flag Facts

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Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gained independence from the United Kingdom on 24th October 1964. It is a landlocked country in Southern Africa and its capital is Lusaka.
The flag of Zambia was adopted on 24th October 1964. The flag is used both as the national flag and ensign (ensign is a flag flown on a vessel to indicate its nationality). The Zambia flag has a green background with an orange-coloured African fish eagle (national bird of Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Sudan) in flight above a rectangular block of three vertical stripes. The stripes are red, black and orange. The green represents the lush vegetation and landscape of Zambia, red symbolises the country’s struggle for freedom, black for the Zambian people and orange represents the country’s mineral wealth – mainly copper. The placing of the African fish eagle above the vertical block of colours was intended to demonstrate the people’s ability to rise above the country’s problems.
In 1966, the flag of Zambia was modified slightly with the green changing to a lighter shade and the eagle altered to be more like the one used in Zambia’s coat of arms.
From 1924 to 1964 Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia and the flag consisted of a blue ensign with the Union Jack in the canton, with a fish eagle holding a fish in its claws along with six wavy lines symbolising the rivers of Northern Rhodesia rushing over Victoria Falls (a waterfall on the Zambezi river named after Queen Victoria by the explorer and missionary David Livingstone). In 1953, Northern Rhodesia joined with Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Malawi) to form the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. This flag was used until 31st December 1963 when the federation was dissolved. The flag consisted of a blue ensign with the union jack in the canton. A rising sun, taken from the Arms of Nyasaland, a lion rampant from the flag of Southern Rhodesia and black and white wavy lines from the Arms of Northern Rhodesia were depicted on the shield shown on the flag.

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Antigua and Barbuda Flag Facts

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Antigua and Barbuda was ruled by the British from around 1632 until 1871 when they joined the British colony – the Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands (other countries in the colony were Montserrat, Saint Christopher, Nevis, Virgin Islands and Dominica). The flag used at this time was a blue ensign comprising of a Union Jack in the top left and the badge of the Leeward Islands in the body. In 1958 the colony broke up with all Islands joining the West Indies Federation. At this point Antigua and Barbuda adopted a different flag – still a blue ensign but with an Antigua and Barbuda badge in the body.
The current flag of Antigua and Barbuda was designed by acclaimed artist and sculptor Sir Reginald Samuel – the winner of a competition entered by over 600 local people. The design was officially adopted on February 27th 1967. The flag compromises of an inverted triangle with red on its outer side and a tri-colour of black, white and blue on the inside along with a half sun representation. The half sun represents the dawning of a new era, with black representing the African ancestral history with blue representing hope. The blue, white and yellow are also said to represent the sun, sea and sand synonymous with Antigua and Barbuda. Red represents how the inhabitants are full of energy and life, with the large ‘v’ standing for victory.

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Zimbabwe Flag Facts

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On the 18th April 1980 Zimbabwe was granted independence from the United Kingdom and a new national flag was adopted.
The flag of Zimbabwe carries political, cultural and regional meanings. The Zimbabwe flag consists of five different colours – green, gold, red, black and white. Green represents the agricultural and rural landscape of Zimbabwe. Yellow stands for the wealth of minerals in the country, mainly gold. Red represents the blood shed during the two Chimurenga (the two struggles for independence in the 1890s and 1970s). Black stands for the heritage, race and ethnicity of the black majority. White is a symbol of peace.
The Zimbabwe flag has seven horizontal lines of green, gold, red and black with a white triangle on the left. The triangle contains a red 5-pointed star with a Zimbabwe bird in the middle. The red star symbolises socialism and the revolutionary struggles. The Zimbabwe bird is the national emblem – this represents a statue of a bird found at the ruins of the Great Zimbabwe (a ruined city found in the south east of Zimbabwe dating from the Iron Age).
Zimbabwe was known as Southern Rhodesia or Rhodesia (named after its founder Cecil Rhodes) from 1895 to 1980. It was ruled by the British South African Company from 1895 until 1923 when it became a self-governing British colony. A national flag was adopted in 1923. The flag of Southern Rhodesia consisted of a blue ensign with the Union Jack in the canton. The coat of arms featured on the flag was intended to be symbolic of Southern Rhodesia. The lion and thistle came from the coat of arms of Cecil Rhodes and the yellow pick on a green background stood for the mining and farming of the country. The flag changed again in 1953 due to political changes. Southern Rhodesia joined with Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and Nyasaland (now Malawi) to become the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. This new flag was used until 31st December 1963 when the federation was dissolved. The flag consisted of a blue ensign with the union jack in the canton. The shield featured on the flag consisted of a rising sun, taken from the Arms of Nyasaland, a lion rampant from the flag of Southern Rhodesia and black and white wavy lines from the Arms of Northern Rhodesia.
In 1964 a new flag was adopted again. The flag was sly blue in colour with a Union Jack canton. The Southern Rhodesia coat of arms was also included in the flag. This flag was used from 1964 to 1968. In November 1968, the mainly white government, declared independence from the United Kingdom and a new national flag was adopted. Southern Rhodesia became Rhodesia. The new flag consisted of a green, white, green triband with the full coat of arms placed in the centre. The coat of arms featured the lion and thistle from Cecil Rhodes’ family coat of arms, a gold pick on a green field representing the mining heritage and the Zimbabwe bird. The motto ‘Sit Nomine Digna’ (May it be Worthy of the Name) also featured. This was the first national flag to contain the Zimbabwe bird. In 1979 the country became Zimbabwe-Rhodesia and a new flag was adopted on 2nd September 1979. The new flag featured the pan-African colours of red, black, yellow and green and the Zimbabwe bird. The black stripe symbolised the black majority rule of the country, the red represented the struggle to achieve this, green for the country’s mineral wealth, a thin white stripe symbolising the white minority rule and a horizontal white band representing peace. This flag was used until 18th April 1980 when Zimbabwe gained full independence and the flag we see today was adopted.
For more information on historical Rhodesia flags click here.

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