RUGBY UNION - Week 4 of the 2013 Six Nations Championship brings us Scotland - Wales from Murrayfield on Saturday, followed by Ireland hosting France at the Aviva Stadium. On Sunday, table leaders and Grand Slam hopefuls England host Italy at Twickenham.
RUGBY UNION - The 2013 Six Nations Championship returns this weekend as Scotland host Italy in Edinburgh. Later on Saturday, Wales travel to France. On Sunday, Ireland host England. We have assembled some key facts and figures on these three matches.
RUGBY UNION - On Saturday, 9 February, Italy’s Andrea Lo Cicero will become the 24th player in Rugby Union history, and the second from his country, to have featured in at least 100 international Test matches. In the Six Nations era, no player has made so many starts in his position, loosehead prop. Check out our Infographic for positional leaders.
RUGBY UNION - The 2013 Six Nations Championship kicks off this weekend as defending champions and 2012 Grand Slam winners Wales host Ireland in Cardiff. Later on Saturday, Scotland travel to England. On Sunday, Italy host France. We have assembled some key facts and figures on these three matches.
RUGBY UNION - We presume that by now, even in Cardiff, the party will have subsided. Wales are proud winners of the 2012 Six Nations and have done so in Grand Slam fashion. It was their 11th Grand Slam and the third in the Six Nations era (2000-present). Their first: 19 March 2005. We once again congratulate them. 2012 has been established as ‘The Year Of The Dragon’.
RUGBY UNION - On Saturday, 17 March, the grand finale of the 2012 Six Nations season will take place in stadiums across Europe. In the feature match Wales host France in a bid to clinch their third Grand Slam in the Six Nations era. Click below for previews on all three matches.
RUGBY UNION - Last week, France had a drop goal attempt which would have put them 25-24 up in the dying seconds against England in Rugby’s Six Nations Championship. A week earlier, France and Ireland drew 17-17 with each other and England were denied a last minute try which would have given them a draw against Wales in the third weekend of the competition. The question is whether the Six Nations Championship is getting tighter.
RUGBY UNION - According to Chinese astrology, 2012 is The Year Of The Dragon. This weekend, the national rugby team of Wales, nicknamed “The Red Dragons”, will aim to collect their 25th Home Nations/Five Nations/Six Nations overall win and their 11th Grand Slam. Click below to see which teams won the competition when the year was ‘The Year Of The Dragon’.
RUGBY UNION - Since Italy joined the Five Nations in 2000, to make it the Six Nations, the Azzurri have been challenged to emerge from their traditional role as minnows. Having caused the odd upset, 12 March 2011 brought arguably their biggest win ever: the 22-21 triumph against France in the Six Nations, after trailing 18-6 in that match. Click here to see Mirco Bergamasco’s penalty goal complete the comeback.
RUGBY UNION - Five years ago, England beat France 26-18 at Twickenham to end French hopes of a Grand Slam. The week after France recovered to win the Six Nations in what would be the 40th and last Six Nations match of Bernard Laporte in charge of ‘Les Bleus’.