6 Nations kicks off with the oldest rivalry

Posted by on Monday, January 23, 2012 Under: Rugby
The 4th February 2012 sees the start of the 6 nations tournament, and after an appetiser of France v Italy at the Stade de France, Murrayfield hosts one of the oldest rivalries in world sport, Scotland v England at 5pm. The great thing about this game is that it often feels as if there’s more than a sporting result at stake, and you could be forgiven for thinking that Scotland’s recent bid for political independence could add an extra bit of spice to this crunch fixture.

The last time the 2 sides met at Murrayfield was in March 2010 when the 2 sides played out a cagey 15-15 draw with no tries and the only points coming from kickers Dan Parks, Toby Flood and Jonny Wilkinson. This time around, England will be without the influential Wilkinson, and of course former coach and legend Martin Johnson. These factors will be sure to fire up the home crowd, and they’ll be certainly no love lost, especially after Andy Robinson blamed England’s arrogance for their recent failings both on and off the pitch. 

England will be looking to exorcise some demons in their first game after a dismal world cup showing, and Scotland will be looking to impress in front of a home crowd. One thing’s for sure, there won’t be any lack of commitment when it comes to competing for the Calcutta Cup.

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