That time of year has come around again, when rugby fans carry hope in their hearts, and their hearts in their mouths; tensions mount and old rivalries are resurrected.
It all kicks off with Saturday’s fixtures:
2nd February: Wales v Ireland, Millenium Stadium 13.30
2nd February: England v Scotland, Twickenham 16.00
Relish the tournament with our top tips for getting into the game.
1.The App – of course there’s an App.
This one comes courtesy of official technology partner, Accenture and promises ‘all the action both on and off the field, from pre-match build-up through live game commentary to post-match analysis, including video highlights, match play data and social media links’.
2. Get Gaming.
Or, for the techno-centric rugby fanatic who thinks he knows a thing or two, engage in live match interactive game play with the RBS 6 Nations Live Challenge: predict the outcome of every conversion and penalty, then measure your performance post match with the Facebook fraternity.
3. Get on a plane.
Nothing beats the atmosphere of being there, 80,000 fans holding the hope of their nation aloft with the strength of their voices alone. Hear the Marseillaise in the Stade de France, or feel Italian passion at the Stadio Olimpico.
Activity Breaks offers packages to most fixtures including tickets and accommodation:
Italy v Wales – Stadio Olimpico from £139pp, per night, based on a minimum of two people sharing.
France v Scotland – Stade de France from £151pp, per night, based on a minimum of two people sharing.
4. Have a flutter.
William Hill are offering outright odds on a Scottish tournament victory at 25/1 – it could happen….Scott Johnson says it could! The recent dismal results see Wales slip back in the running and France/England appear to be joint favourites.
5. Rock up in Red.
February also marks National Heart Month and to raise awareness the British Heart Foundation are encouraging people to wear red on Friday 1st Feb. Just remember that unless you’re Welsh the red comes off on Saturday!