In two weeks time The RBS 6 Nations (Mens and Womens) begins. In brief, for those who may not know the 6 Nations is the Northern Hemispheres annual rugby tournament of Tier 1 teams. Composing of: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and France.
Here’s a list of reasons as to what makes it so great:
- Rugby fans are some of the best fans around! Old & young, men & women everyone enjoys and has a good time.
- Even if not a rugby fan you get involved! Your mothers, great-aunts cat was Scottish? Be the most patriotic Scot supporter there is.
- Ref. Nigel Owens. Pretty sure everyone just waits for him to make that one savage jibe and it’s brilliant. Check out this compilation from various rugby occasions.
- England v. Wales, enough said.
- You don’t need any fancy television coverage provider to watch the games! #BlessTheBBC&ITV
- THE SINGING. I’m not an England supporter, but do not stop me when I hear Swing Low. Plus by the end of the tournament you can pretty much sing along or at least do your best when it comes to knowing all other participating nations anthems.
- There are no foes just banter. The other team are not the enemy per se.
- Love life. I guess it can make or break couples around Valentines Day.
- It is a social time, winter blues getting you down? THERE’S THE 6 NATIONS FOR THAT. Perfect time to head on down to the pub with friends and watch the game and grab some beers.
- Outfits and accessories. Having it be acceptable to wear ridiculous looking attire all in the name of your country. It’s totally worth it.
- Drama. Each year there is drama and the same team doesn’t always dominate, after England’s amazing winning streak will they keep it up? Since becoming the 6 Nations in 2000, Italy and Scotland are still to take the championship home however…
- Food. Rugby related food is some of the best food. Chips with Chicken Curry on top? YAS. *Dorothy’s on Caroline Street in Cardiff is the place to eat*
- Friendly national rivalry. When half of the teams share the same island, it’s pretty difficult to get away from. It gives us those from the British Isles something else to talk about other than the weather during small talk. *Seeing as my time during the tournament in France this year I can imagine it will be quite different* Allez Les Bleus?
- Live Games. If you have the opportunity, GO. If its an annual outing, even better. Nothing beats the atmosphere of seeing your team play with a crowd of friends. I have lots of love for the Principality (Millennium) Stadium.
So great that you feel that bit lost on the weekends when no games are played. And when over, all you can do is wait.