There are now less than two weeks until the Six Nations Championship begins on the 1st of February with a game between France and Wales. Kick-off is at 20:00 and, although this match will be taking place in France, we will certainly be cheering for our team from afar.
Our Top 6 Championship Moments
1. The Charge-Down (Wales v Ireland, 2005)
Henson’s tackle wasn’t the only unforgettable moment from the 2005 Six Nations Championship.
15 minutes into the final match of the 2005 Six Nations Championship, with the score tied at 3-3, Ireland’s Ronan O’Gara went for a kick from his team’s own 10-metre line. Gethin Jenkins, Welsh loosehead prop, intercepted O’Gara’s attempt before surging forward the remaining 20 metres, kicking the ball ahead as he charged. He let it roll over the line, and then dropped on it—setting the stage for Wales’ 32-20 victory over Ireland and first Grand Slam win in over 27 years.
2. The Long Try (France v Scotland, 2011)
It began with a pass to Francois Trinh-Duc who then flicked the ball through his legs and into the hands of Imanol Harinordoquy. After completing a dummy pass, Harinordoquy went on to charge nearly 50 unopposed metres to the try line.
3. The Twickenham Victory (Wales v England, 2008)
Wales arrived in Twickenham for the 2008 Six Nations with their eyes set on what would be their first win at the stadium in two decades. The first 45 minutes didn’t bode well, and Wales found themselves trailing 19-6. Then the tide started to change. By 63 minutes the score was 19-12, and at 67 minutes Wales equalized 19-19. They scored the winning point at 70 minutes and held strong until the end, capturing the now famous ‘Twickenham Victory’ with a score of 26-19.
4. The Shock Defeat (Italy v France, 2011)
2011 was the year Italy stunned the world during their match against France, which took place at the Studio Flaminio in Rome. Initially trailing behind, Italy rallied to clinch their first ever Six Nations Championship win over France with a score of 22-21. Man-of-the-game honours went to Mirco Bergamasco who landed six-of-eight kicks and delivered a late-in-the-game penalty at 76 minutes to seal Italy’s victory.
5. The Hardest Hit (Scotland v Ireland, 2015)
Scotland was looking to overhaul Ireland on a points difference during the 2015 Six Nations Championship, so every point mattered. The decisive moment came in the last five minutes when Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip hit Stuart Hogg, Scotland’s full-back, with so much force as he crossed the line that Heaslip knocked the ball clean out of Hogg’s hands. Ireland went on to win the game 40-10 and the Championship title with a six-point difference over England.
6. The Last-Minute Upset (Wales v Scotland, 2010)
Wales have Shane Williams to thank for what is inarguably one of the most dramatic and thrilling comebacks in rugby history. During a match against Scotland, Wales found themselves lagging 10-points behind with 10 minutes to go. With seconds on the clock they fought their way to a 24-24 draw, but they hadn’t won yet.
Then, in the dying moments of the match and with a single play left, Wales staged one of the Championship’s most impressive victories. Shane Williams—with contributions from Leigh Halfpenny, Alun Wyn Jones, and Bradley Davies—was again the one to get the ball across the line and secure a spectacular win for Wales.
We wish the best of luck to all this year’s players and teams. Whoever you’re rooting for, we hope you enjoy supporting and cheering for them as much as we will for ours. Let the games begin!
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