Top Moments in Six Nations history

With the 6 nations starting this week, We take a look at some of the Top Moments in Six Nations history.

There will be one key element missing when the Six Nations kicks off next week — the fans but at least we can feel the hits behind closed doors this year and remember some of the great matches, here’s our favourite moments from the Orlo team. 

France 22-24 England, 2012

In 2011, France knocked England out of the Rugby World Cup. By 2012, a new-look side, led by Stuart Lancaster, headed to France hoping to exact a little revenge in the Six Nations. England had a young team out, a new-look side that conceded hundreds of caps to their French counterparts. But that day they toughed it out to win 24-22, away from home. It was a defining moment for many careers and an instant classic that saw England clinch it by the skin of their teeth after  Francois Trinh-Duc had a drop-goal to win it… Only for the ball to fall short.

Scotland 27-22 Ireland: in Murrayfield epic 

Scotland beating Ireland in the opening match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh was considered a huge upset, with a rampant  Ireland team who had recently the mighty all blacks beaten being hailed as the favourite to win that years world cup potential winner, Scotland wins shook the rugby world. A brace of tries from man-of-the-match Stuart Hogg and one from Alex Dunbar saw Scotland run up a 21-8 lead by half-time. Ireland came out stronger after the break and took a one-point lead just after the hour mark, with tries from Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson adding to Keith Earls’ first-half score. Scotland was then awarded two penalties inside the final 10 minutes, which captain Greig Laidlaw kicked to give his team a 27-22 victory

Wales 30-3 England, Cardiff 2013

It was not meant to go like this. England was chasing a Grand Slam and Wales had only just got their title defence on track. They had a glimmer of winning the Six Nations again if they triumphed by seven points or more, but Wales were not the team being touted as potential victors as the English arrived in Wales for the decider.

Yet, on 16 March 2013, Wales blew everyone away to take the Championship.

At the vanguard of that Welsh onslaught was Richard Hibbard, a runaway tool chest with a blond explosion of hair. “To talk about that win you’ve gotta start from where we were,” Hibbard tells Rugby World. “We were on a losing streak (the fifth loss at home in a row, a record) when we lost to Ireland in the first game. The press were writing us off, the fans weren’t happy – which is understandable, losing at home. But it got us so tight as a group. Then we got the France result. And then the Scotland result.”

When it got to match day in Cardiff, the team were aware that they had a hope of Championship glory, but beating the English was all we were talking about. Little chit-chats were observed at breakfast, everyone trying to act ‘normal’. But on the way into the stadium, the noise grew and did we.

Six Nations site – https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/

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