With the dream of World Cup football gone for another four years, fans of Scottish national sport can look forward to the next big competition on the horizon – Six Nations 2010. One of the most important rugby union tournaments of the year, the Six Nations brings together the national teams of Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Italy and France for a series of intense matches each winter. The 2010 edition of the tournament starts on Saturday, February 6th, with a doubleheader of Ireland v. Italy and England v. Wales.
Scotland has had a rough time in the last few editions of the Six Nations, and last took top honors in 1999, when it was actually the Five Nations (Italy joined the next year). 2008 and 2009 saw record low scoring for the Scots, but a new manager and a recent string of good results has hopes high for this year’s tournament. ‘Mon the Scots!
For more information on the tournament overall, check out the Six Nations official site.
Scotland’s Six Nations Fixtures
Scotland’s five matches are listed below. Unfortunately, only two of the five this season are at home, but what a pair of matches they are. The campaign opens with Scotland hosting the French at Murrayfield, then it’s two matches away before the main event. Whenever England comes calling, in any sport, that is the match to watch, and with Scotland doing well in the Autumn Internationals this year (including the first win over Australia in over 20 years), we will be more than ready for the “Auld Enemies”. Finally, the team finishes with a tough final-day trip to face Ireland.
- Sunday 7 February 2010 – Scotland v. France at Murrayfield Park, Edinburgh
- Saturday 13 February 2010 – Wales v. Scotland in Cardiff
- Saturday 27 February 2010 – Italy v. Scotland in Rome
- Saturday 13 March 2010 – Scotland v. England at Murrayfield Park, Edinburgh
- Saturday 20 March 2010 – Ireland v. Scotland in Dublin
Getting to the matches
If you’re lucky enough to find a ticket to either the France or England match, you’ll need to get to Edinburgh with plenty of time to spare, and staying over the night before and after is recommended if you have any choice in the matter. Be sure to get there early to show your spirit by singing along to “Flower of Scotland”, the unofficial national anthem played at all national team rugby matches. If you’re coming up from London, check out our guide to getting from London to Edinburgh, and if you’re flying in for the match and staying a night, read up on airport hotels in Edinburgh.
>> French rugby fans planning to attend the match in Edinburgh, check out our guide to all the direct flights from France to Scotland.