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Six Nations Opinionated Review
2013 RBS 6 Nations
Member Name: aero-zeppelin
2013 RBS 6 Nations
Advantages: Fun, Exciting, Open Championship, Great Rugby, Great Atmosphere
I never really took much notice from the Six Nations until Wales' first Grand Slam in 2005, in which I watched every match. Prior to that, my only real experience of watching international rugby were the World Cups in 1999 and 2003 respectively.
Since that Grand Slam of 2005 I've looked into the history of the tournament (Six Nations, not Five Nations or Home Nations) and found out that my home nation of Wales hadn't been so successful, so I took much more interest in the competition than I had done before.
The Six Nations Tournament runs from the first weekend in February over the course of 7 weeks into mid-March. It is contested by the top six rugby nations in Europe (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales). France are the most successful nation in the current format of the Six Nations with 4 victories, including 2 grand Slams. England have won it 3 times with 1 grand slam and Wales have won it twice, both being grand Slams. They also are the current holders.
Apart from the Rugby World Cup when it comes around, I think the RBS Six Nations is perhaps one of the most exciting in the rugby calendar for several reasons. It gives the rugbying nations of Europe the chance to show off how good they are to the Southern Hemisphere sides, even if the Southern Hemisphere sides triumph a majority of the time. The Six Nations also produces some fantastic games year in year out. Recently, I enjoyed the Ireland v France game at Croke Park, and every year I look forward to the Wales v England fixture, bringing me to my highlight of the Six Nations in it's 9-year history, being Wales' 26-19 win at Twickenham. Another aspect of the Six Nations I like is the fact that it is no longer a 2 horse race between France and England as it was in the first half of the decade. The championship is much more open now, with Wales and Ireland proving difficult competition. Scotland have progressed a long way in recent years, even Italy have strengthened giving a more exciting overall championship. Yet another positive aspect like many international meetings, be it rugby, football etc. are the national anthems. Watching 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' at the Millennium Stadium on match day is always an extravaganza for me as the atmosphere is always fantastic. I also enjoy watching the other national anthems as it intensifies the atmosphere, and the variety of anthems makes the meetings extra special.
Summary: Highlight of the Rugby Calendar
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