RBS Six Nations Rugby: Six Memorable Moments

By Dan February 28, 2014

This year’s Six Nations rugby union tournament is in full swing as England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy battle it out on the pitch in a bid to become champion!

As there aren’t any fixtures this weekend, we thought we’d keep the momentum going and offer rugby fans a Six Nations fix by choosing our top six most memorable moments from the tournament’s history.

But first, here’s a montage to get you into the Six Nations spirit…

1903: In a match against England, an injury-stricken Wales called on the services of emergency prop Jehoida Hodges, who casually pulled off a hat trick of tries to steer the team to a 21-5 victory.

1965: In one of the most dramatic championship matches in history, with a second left of injury time to spare, England winger Andy Hancock raced 85 metres and weaved through a barrage of Scottish tacklers to level the score at 3-3, denying the team of their first victory at England’s HQ since 1938.

1991: During a high-octane clash at Twickenham, an on-form Philippe Saint Andre scored what commentator Nigel Starmer-Smith described as the most ‘sensational try the stadium has ever seen’. Despite an incredible feat of French team work and individual athleticism, France still lost the game 21-19.

1999: In the final day of the tournament, Wales played England at a packed Wembley during the completion of the Cardiff stadium. In the dying moments, Wales’ Scott Gibbs grabbed the ball in a line-out move in England’s 22 to get the team in motion, which ended in an easy conversion and a last minute victory.

2000: In their first ever championship match, Italy stunned Scotland with a 34-20 victory at the Stadio Flaminio under the cool and calm guidance of fly-half Diego Dominguez, who racked up rather impressive 29 points during the game.

2012: In a highly entertaining and furious clash between Ireland and Wales, a somewhat struggling Welsh side found one last burst of inspiration and composed a comeback of six points in the final five minutes to steal a 23-21 victory.

If this has got you all fired up and you want to get a real insight into the thrills and spills of international rugby, why not try out our insightful Tour of Twickenham? Or if this doesn’t float your boat, we also have a choice of other great famous stadium tours which are sure to entertain.

What is your favourite Six Nations rugby moment?

Image: Hatters! via flickr

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