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Ireland in the Six Nations

It’s that time of year again. Six Nations time! 

If you’re not a massive rugby fan, or not currently living in Ireland or one of the other five nations involved, this annual competition might pass you by but for sports fans on the Emerald Isle, it’s huge!

The tournament pits Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France and Italy together for six weeks of intense sporting action and the resultant winners are crowned the Six Nations Champions. 

Things are set to kick off for 2018 on Saturday February 3rd and we can’t wait!

History

Although the Six Nations has only existed in its current guise since 2000 a northern hemisphere rugby tournament has existed for centuries in various forms. 

When it first began in 1883 it was known simply as the Home Nations Championship and contested only between Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.

Shortly after the turn of the century the tournament was rebranded as the Five Nations Championship with the addition France and then again in the year 2000 with the addition of Italy.

Now, 18 years later, the tournament is stronger than ever and Ireland look set to challenge current champions England for a piece of the silverware at stake. If Ireland did succeed this year it would be only our fourth victory in the tournament (in its current form) with previous victories coming in 2009, 2014 and 2015!

The days of Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell might be long gone but Ireland are in prime position this Spring with Johnny Sexton, Cian Healy, Peter O’Mahony and the young Jordan Larmour ready to go.

Excited yet?

Ian Madigan

Ireland's Six Nations Fixtures

We’re pretty confident that should whet your appetite so, with that in mind, you’ll need to be completely up-to-date with Ireland’s upcoming Six Nations fixtures.

Keep these dates free:

Saturday 3rd February 2018: France v Ireland (4.45pm) 

Saturday 10th February 2018: Ireland v Italy (2.15pm) 

Saturday 24th February 2018: Ireland v Wales (2.15pm) 

Saturday 10th March 2018: Ireland v Scotland (2.15pm)

Saturday 17th March 2018: England v Ireland (2.45pm)

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 Now you’re excited! We can tell…

 Think of it this way, over the next six weeks you’ll be able to enjoy great scores, hard hits, plenty of craic and maybe a few pints of the black stuff with friends and family either in the pub or at home on the sofa.

And, on top of all that, we’ll cross our fingers and hope the boys can bring the Championship or Triple Crown home as well! Good luck lads!

In essence that’s why we love the Six Nations. Enjoy! 

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