Take six rugby teams, add 7 kg of sterling silver, sprinkle with patriotism and you have all the ingredients for an almighty dustup. We’re talking about the RBS Six Nations Rugby. Two fixtures down and three to go; England’s in the driving seat with France a close second. Question is: Are you getting the most out of the championship so far?
It’s not too late to get stuck in and make the most of the remaining matches. Here are our top tips for enjoying the rest of the tournament.
Tickets to the big match
There’s still time to secure tickets for the remaining matches via one of the tournament’s four official ticket resellers Viagogo, Seatwave, GetMeIn and StubHub. But prices vary. Other ticket providers are available, but it’s worth taking the advice from Simon at Eat Sleep Rugby:
“Be very careful when looking for last minute tickets.”
You don’t want to find yourself on the wrong side of a ticket tout!
If you’d like to see England v. Wales or England v. Ireland, the price of admission will now set you back in excess of £500. But if you’re more interested in experiencing the big match atmosphere and savouring the experience of watching live rugby, some of the more minor matches remain affordable. For Scotland Vs. France at Murrayfield, for example, tickets are in the £65 – £85 range.
Don’t fancy the hefty price tag that comes with your dream encounter? Don’t despair – head to the pub instead. Choose your pub carefully and win or lose, you’ll be surrounded by fellow supporters who’ll help you celebrate. Check out Match Pint for pointers to the best sports bars in the UK for watching Six Nations matches. Or better still, get the app so you need never miss another match again – ever.
Make the next Six Nations match into an event you can enjoy at home by inviting friends around to watch with you. Amuse your fellow rugby fans by decorating your living room to bring the atmosphere of the big match to your sofa.
The guys at partypacks supply anything from Six Nations bunting to patriotic paper fans in case you get hot under the collar. And to help you recreate the atmosphere of the stadium at home, they supply a very nifty “scene setter” panel – a backdrop of the crowded stadium. How’s that for wow factor?
Watching with someone new to rugby? The complex rules of engagement are baffling for novices to grasp. So why not help them get the most from the experience by teaching them the basic rules of the game beforehand? Don’t worry if you’re not much good at explaining – here’s a useful beginner’s guide to rugby from England Rugby.
Do you want to up the Six Nations ante? Get a good drinking game on the go. Bloggers at Talking Rugby Union say “beer pong always goes down well”. Take a few ping pong balls, cups or glasses, and the amber nectar of your choice. Take turns to shoot the balls at your mates’ drinks. Get the ball into the cup, and your opponent has to down their beer.
But drinking isn’t the only way to have fun while you watch the players slug it out on the pitch. Why not instigate a commentating competition? Plenty of guys imagine they have the silver tongue required to give a blow by blow account of the action. But can they come up with the goods under pressure?
Our advice – practise before hand. It’s a bit sneaky but the BBC journalism school have all the info you need to hone your skills and astound your mates with your killer commentary.
Look the part
Do you come over all patriotic when your teams sings its national anthem? Are you a die hard, red, or white, or blue? Then you need the clobber to match your patriotic rugby fervour. We’re talking kit. It’s all about identifying with your side either at the ground or when viewing from the comfort of home.
Simon at Eat Sleep Rugby says wearing your favourite rugby shirt is a great way to “feel passionate about who you are cheering for”. And as he says it’s not necessarily about having the latest team shirt either: “there will be plenty of people with retro options”. Dig out your old shirt and wear it with pride!
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two impostors just the same…” Rudyard Kipling can only have been a rugby fan – because win or lose the whole point of watching rugby is to enjoy the match and the interaction with fans of the opposing side.
The Six Nations offers a great opportunity to enjoy camaraderie and banter with everyone involved, regardless of what side they are on. Blogger Paul says In praise of the Six Nations: “A good game and a few beers cement friendships across national boundaries”.
This sentiment is echoed by the chaps at Eat Sleep Rugby who say:
“Celebrate or commiserate in whichever way you see fit. Please don’t gloat. Rugby is built off the back of respect for your opponents and supporters alike. Let’s keep rugby as a great game to watch – win, lose or draw”
Over at Talking Rugby Union, bloggers suggest that we “celebrate a win by sharing a drink with the losing side!”
A little gentle ribbing is optional!