I’ve written about the Six Nations in S.N.O.T. before, but with the tournament’s second weekend worth of match-ups starting this week, I thought it would be a chance to revisit it and talk about the best rugby competition in the world.
What is the Six Nations, you ask? The Six Nations is a Rugby Union tournament that is held every year from the beginning of Febuary to the beginning of March. The tournament consists of six teams—England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France, and Italy. Each team plays each other once in a league-style format.
Yes, Wales is a country. It has a phenomenally proud and illustrious rugby heritage. Ireland is comprised of players from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (which is really interesting because it’s the only team in the competition that had its own national anthem composed specifically for the team).
While the Rugby World Cup houses the best showcase of rugby talent from the entire world, there is something very special about the Six Nations. It’s the tribal nature of it. Every team has a bone to pick with every other team. The Irish hate the English. The Scots hate the English. The Welsh hate the English. The French hate the English. The Italians just haven’t found a good enough reason to hate the English yet, but it’ll come. Each game showcases an intense dislike from the bellowing of the national anthems to the first bone-crunching tackle.
If you haven’t yet, I would highly encourage you to spend a day watching the Six Nations. Try not to fall in love with it like I did.
Now with that all aside, this is your Saturday Night Open Thread. Enjoy and comment responsibly.