Sports quiz of the week: rugby records, reversing years and a returning race

Paul Campbell
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<span>Photograph: Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images
  1. The Six Nations returns on Saturday, when Ireland play Italy in a game that was originally scheduled for early March. This is not the first time the tournament has been played so late in the year. Why were some games delayed until October in 2001?

    1. Flights were cancelled when a volcanic eruption in Iceland caused a huge ash cloud to move across northern Europe

    2. There was a referendum on Scottish independence in May 2001 and the British government did not want to “stoke national tension” by holding the Six Nations in the build-up to the vote

    3. Travel was curtailed after the foot and mouth outbreak

    4. The tournament was held later due to the timing of the Rugby World Cup that year

  2. Which team remains unbeaten in this year’s Six Nations?

    1. England

    2. France

    3. Ireland

    4. Italy

    5. Scotland

    6. Wales

    7. None of them

  3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals for Milan as they beat Inter 2-1 in the derby at the weekend. No one has scored more goals in Serie A this season than Ibrahimovic. What age is he?

    1. 35

    2. 37

    3. 39

    4. 41

  4. Scott McTominay put in a commanding performance for Manchester United against PSG. Why was it particularly impressive?

    1. He left his boots in Manchester and had to wear a pair of mouldies instead

    2. He played the first half “with only one eye”

    3. He left the pitch for “a quick piss” midway through the match

    4. He was excellent on the field and still found the headspace during half-tim to send a string of tweets that challenged the government about their education policy

  5. Teófimo López showed the world what he can do on Saturday night, beating the all-time great boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko, who had only lost two of his previous 410 fights. López was born in Brooklyn and is based in the US, but which country did he represent at the Olympics four years ago?

    1. Brazil

    2. Mexico

    3. Great Britain

    4. Honduras

  6. There were six English teams in action in Europe this week. Which of them did not win?

    1. Manchester United

    2. Manchester City

    3. Liverpool

    4. Chelsea

    5. Tottenham Hotspur

    6. Leicester City

  7. Alun Wyn Jones will win his 148th international cap when he plays for Wales against France this weekend. Which other rugby union player has earned as many caps?

    1. Sergio Parisse

    2. Martin Johnson

    3. Brian O’Driscoll

    4. Richie McCaw

  8. Lionel Messi was on the scoresheet for Barcelona in the Champions League this week, meaning he has scored in the competition for each of the last 16 seasons – every campaign since 2005-06. Who is the only other player to have scored in the Champions League in 16 different seasons?

    1. Raúl

    2. Ryan Giggs

    3. Ruud van Nistelrooy

    4. Thomas Müller

  9. Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram had some trouble getting past security at the San Siro before his team’s Europa League match against Milan this week. How did he convince the security guard that he was playing in the game?

    1. He phoned his dad, Lilian Thuram, who played in Serie A for a decade and asked him to speak to the security guard

    2. He grabbed a nearby football and did some keepie-uppies and tricks

    3. He showed the security guard his Louis Vuitton wash bag and argued that no one other than a footballer would be silly enough to pay €1,000 for a handbag that holds deodorant and toothbrush

    4. He Googled himself and showed the security guard his picture

  10. Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to win his 92nd grand prix on Sunday and overtake Michael Schumacher in the all-time rankings. Where is the race? Clue: Hamilton has never won a grand prix here before.

    1. Cyprus

    2. Portugal

    3. Belgium

    4. Angola

  11. Barcelona host Real Madrid on Saturday in the first clásico of the season. The clubs have been playing for more than a century but this will be their first game in an empty stadium. Which of the two teams has won more of their 244 competitive fixtures?

    1. Real Madrid

    2. Barcelona

    3. Neither of them


1:C - England won the tournament; Jonny Wilkinson was the top points scorer; and Will Greenwood was the top try scorer., 2:G - Italy lost to Wales, who lost to Ireland, who lost to England, who lost to France, who lost to Scotland, who lost to Ireland and England. Basically, England are favourites but it’s still up for grabs., 3:C - “I’m like Benjamin Button," he says. "I was born old and I’ll die young.” It doesn't really make sense, but he can certainly still play., 4:B - Ole Gunnar Solskjær explains: “Scotty played the first half with one eye. That was the most impressive thing, because he lost his contact lens. That was impressive.”, 5:D - His father – who started training the young Teófimo when he was only six years old – was born in Honduras., 6:D - They drew 0-0 with Sevilla., 7:D - McCaw made 148 appearances for the All Blacks, captaining the team in 110 of those games., 8:B - Karim Benzema will also join the club if he scores in the competition this season., 9:D - Marcus was born in Italy, while his dad was playing for Parma., 10:B - Portugal has not featured on the Formula One circuit since 1996., 11:C - They have won 96 matches each, with 52 draws.


  1. 1 and above.

    Hard lines. Have a great weekend

  2. 2 and above.

    Hard lines. Have a great weekend

  3. 3 and above.

    Hard lines. Have a great weekend

  4. 4 and above.

    A decent score. Have a great weekend

  5. 5 and above.

    A decent score. Have a great weekend

  6. 6 and above.

    A fine score. Have a great weekend

  7. 7 and above.

    A fine score. Have a great weekend

  8. 8 and above.

    An excellent score. Have a great weekend

  9. 9 and above.

    An excellent score. Have a great weekend

  10. 10 and above.

    An excellent score. Have a great weekend

  11. 0 and above.

    Hard lines. Have a great weekend

  12. 11 and above.

    Perfection. Have a great weekend