The saying ‘book early to avoid disappointment’ is oft overused but it’s certainly applicable to hospitality at the UK and Ireland’s home rugby venues – Twickenham, Millennium Stadium, Murrayfield and the Aviva Stadium.
2012’s Six Nations tournament was a great one. England surprised many by actually challenging for the title despite a lack of experience and new coach, Italy didn’t finish last for the 1st time since 2007, and Wales were the Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Six Nation champions.
2013 looks set to be a superb year for rugby fans, with the RBS Six Nations containing many mouth watering fixtures. There’ll be 3 home games for England, Scotland and Italy who will all be looking to capitalise on their extra home advantage with wins.
Current Grand Slam and Six Nation champions Wales have two difficult home fixtures against England and Ireland. Both fixtures will likely be sell-outs as both the visitors and the home support will want a win in these huge fixtures. Wales narrowly defeated both Ireland and England away last year, with the England victory securing their 20th Triple Crown.
England will fancy their chances against long-term rivals France and Scotland in their home fixtures, as well as against the consistent tournament underdogs Italy. Last year England went into their matches un-favoured thanks to a relatively inexperienced squad and a new caretaker coach. However despite seven England players gaining their full international debuts, they overcame Scotland to win 13 – 6. England also battled to a 24 – 22 victory over France thanks to several superb tries.
The Italians have a major opportunity to provide their ever faithful supporters plenty of joy with huge fixtures against the French, Wales and Ireland. A win in any of these would be a welcome boost to Italian rugby and another step in the right direction after defeating Scotland last year to finish 5th. Scotland will be looking revenge against the Italians in their opening match and will likely fancy their home chances against Ireland. A final match against Wales on March 9th is the chance to put the cherry on the top of what will hopefully be a solid campaign.
Ireland face two tough fixtures against England on the opening weekend and France in March. After their initial fixture against France was postponed last year due to an unplayable pitch (snow), Ireland drew against France despite playing the better rugby. Perhaps this year they’ll have more luck! France face defending champions Wales at the Stade de France in their first game on February 9th before then going onto play Scotland on the final weekend at home.
Six Nations hospitality is superb in terms of offering a memorable and exciting day spent entertaining key clients. The atmosphere is second to none and will leave a positive lasting impression on guests, making it perfect for corporate entertaining. And as one would expect for such a high profile tournament, guests are always well catered for within any of the hospitality facilities.