The Six Nations remains one of the world’s most gripping and entertaining rugby union tournaments. Its history makes it a much more iconic affair than its Southern Hemisphere equivalents. Being there at matches is magical.
The 2013 Six Nations rugby union tournament promises much in terms of excitement and intensity. As well as traditional rivalries between England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy being played out again, it will be fascinating to see if the Welsh outfit, Grand Slam champions in 2012, can defend their title successfully this time around.
Nothing like Being There
There really is nothing quite like being at a Six Nations game. Whether you are in the throes of Celtic passion at Cardiff or Dublin, desperate to see the Sassenachs ‘skelped’ in Edinburgh, or an Englishman fighting off the Latin challenge from France and Italy, no contest is ever quite the same. This tournament also has a habit of throwing up seriously iconic matches that are remembered for years. Who can forget historic clashes like the one in Edinburgh in 1990 when England and Scotland battled for the Grand Slam, or when Ireland won their first Grand Slam for 61 years in Cardiff in 2009?
As the matches take place in some of Europe’s top cities, an entire weekend of socialising can be organised around your sport. Places like Edinburgh and Dublin are rocking most weekends anyway, but throw in thousands of good natured rugby union fans and they acquire a unique vibe that is not replicated when other events are taking place. Six Nations cities buzz with rugby excitement during the tournament.
Cracking Contests to Come
Fans will be treated to some potentially classic encounters in the RBS Six Nations 2013. Wales, the defending champions, can expect everyone to be gunning for their crown, but they are sure to find themselves sorely tested by trips to France and Italy this year. That does mean that they will face England in Cardiff though and the Welsh are never easy opponents when backed by a crowd of fire-breathing Welsh dragons, pumped up on the passion of their spine-tingling singing.
The English will be everyone else’s targets as usual, but some of the most memorable clashes of recent years have been against the Irish. In 2013, the English will have to travel to Dublin and overcome another fiercely passionate Celtic crowd if they want to emerge victorious. They welcome Scotland to Twickenham though and will be looking to score a victory over the ‘Auld Enemy’ at ‘HQ.’ With home games against France and Italy, England face a challenging campaign if they want to wrest back their titles of former years.
With France and Italy also in the mix, there are some mouthwatering encounters set to take place. If that does not get your rugby juices flowing and make you want to witness history in person, nothing will.
Monica H is a native of the South Wales valleys and she grew up watching players like Jonathan Davies and John Devereux play both rugby union and rugby league. Now resident in Lancashire, she writes about both codes of rugby, especially rugby travel, for a range of websites and blogs across the internet. For more information about the thrills that are set to come in 2013’s Six Nations at http://www.gulliverstravel.co.uk/rugby/rbs-6-nations