After the Autumn internationals which saw contrasting fortunes for England’s experimental XVs, traditional rivalries are resumed with the 6 Nations. This year the Whites look strong, having won Scotland and Ireland and almost made it with France. How will England perform from now on?
(original photo by: England Kath)
The tale of the tape
England and Wales stand tied on 4 championships each (and also 26 top finishes across all the various guises of the tournament) so will be hoping to catch up with the French tally of 5 for bragging rights. If Stuart Lancaster’s men can stay fit, make the tackles and compete, there is every chance that Chris Robshaw and the whole squad could be celebrating in March.
Dates and Fixtures for England
The 2014 Six Nations Championships began on Febuary 1st and the winners will be crowned after the last game in mid March. Here is a resume of how the Whites performed until now and what are our next challenges.
1st February: France v England.
England led 24-19 for a while, but then France closed the gap and at the end won by 2 points.
8th February: Scotland v England
This has been THE great victory. Scotland was just defeated, as the final result is 0-20
22nd February: England v Ireland
It wasn’t so easy, but finally the Red Rose has won the Emerald Isle for 13 – 10. It’s little advantage, yet it’s an important victory that makes us stronger.
9th March: England v Wales
England should do everything possible for this home game against Wales. Fingers crossed!
15th March: Italy v England.
The final game. It should be a formality but we can’t lower our guard.
For home games, hotels near Twickenham Stadium, London are already near capacity for match days but Richmond and Putney are close enough. The Travel Inn sites at these locations are a convenient base for rugby supporters.
Time to go to Paris and sights… aehm, to attend France vs England has passed, but you can still find a room in one of our Hotels near Stadio Olimpico, Rome, which include Bed in Rome, just 200 metres away or, slightly further, the four star River Chateau that offers a degree of luxury in the Roman Spring.
Booking in good time is advised to make sure you can get a comfortable room, but if you have just decided to attend one of England’s matches, you can easily choose one of our hotels we can offer close to each of the stadiums – we’re sure you will find all you’re looking for. If you have not made up your mind yet, here are dates&venues for both the fixtures to come to let you choose the match to attend:
Opponent Squad: England vs Wales
Date: 9th March 3 pm
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Where to stay: hotels near Twickenham Stadium, London
Opponent Squad: Italy vs England
Date: 15th March 1:30 pm
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Where to stay: Hotels near Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Can England come out on top?
Last year’s wooden spoon went to France and this year’s candidate is Italy, with already three defeats during the Championship. So England has good chances to rank well. Scotland are still at a low ebb but the other home nations have had a promising build up and some outstanding lions performances. Will home advantage over the dragons of Wales give England an edge to recapture the championship?