Six Nations 2018: northern hemisphere heavyweights collide
After more than a century, one of rugby's defining international tournaments is as popular as ever. The rivalries and history of the Six Nations are a huge part of its appeal, especially for fans of the Home Nations: with so much at stake, the matches between these near neighbours are often close on the scoreboard too. This springtime showcase is one of the highlights of Europe's sporting calendar – and you can be there. So take a look at the latest fixture list and choose your Six Nations 2018 tickets at StubHub!
Six Nations 2018 fixtures: who'll stand tall after mammoth clashes?
The 2018 Six Nations begins on Saturday 3 February with Wales and Scotland meeting in Cardiff and Ireland travelling to Paris to play France. A day later, England begin their quest for a third consecutive Six Nations title in Italy on Sunday 4 February.
England and Wales then renew their rivalry in the highlight of round two at Twickenham on Saturday 10 February, while France take on Italy in round three the following Friday at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille; a match that will see the French play a home fixture outside of Paris for the first time in Six Nations history.
England travel to Paris in round four, before hosting Joe Schmidt's Ireland at Twickenham on "Super Saturday" – the tournament climax on Saturday 17 March. The Irish will be hoping to upset England for a second consecutive year after winning the same fixture 13-9 in the 2017 tournament.
That defeat cost England a second successive grand slam and the Triple Crown and is the fifth time it has happened to England in the Six Nations era (2000, 2001, 2011, 2013 and 2017) – with three of those being at the hands of the Irish. To make matters worse, it also denied England a world record 19th victory in a row.
Safe to say then that the English will have an eye on revenge, and to add a touch of extra spice to proceedings, the fixture will be played on St. Patrick's Day.
Six Nations trophies: plenty to play for
Part of the excitement of the Six Nations comes from the feeling of a "competition within a competition". Several trophies are awarded for individual fixtures, including the Calcutta Cup between England and Scotland, the Centenary Quaich between Ireland and Scotland and the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy – contended by Italy and France.
Similar sporting events to the 2018 Six Nations
After purchasing Six Nations 2018 tickets at StubHub, why not check out availability for the Autumn Rugby Internationals too? Or how about watching some of the greats of northern and southern hemisphere rugby join forces for the Barbarians?
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