Ding Ding - round three. Guinness Six Nations
With two rounds already completed, the 2019 Guinness Six Nations are proving every bit as exciting as you'd expect it to be, clubs around the UK are welcoming members who are savouring the special atmosphere of the eagerly awaited tournament.
"We get some great crowds into the club for the Six Nations games with the whole town getting behind the national team and many of them coming into the club to watch the action - even people who don't normally watch a lot of rugby will be in our club for the Wales games, having a drink and enjoying a superb atmosphere. It's great that so many members come along and support the club during the Six Nations and it will give the club a real boost," says Robert Kershaw, Club Secretary of Brynmawr RFC, Gwent.
At High Wycombe RFC, Buckinghamshire, Club Secretary Andrew King knows that the Six Nations draws in additional people into the club to watch games. "While they can watch these games at home on the BBC or ITV, there seems to be something about international rugby which makes people want to come in and watch it with us which is great for driving bar revenues," he says.
“We've run some very large beer festivals at the club over the years with 20-30 beers available but what we've chosen to do this Six Nations is a smaller beer festival to be held on the weekend of England's game against Italy [March 9]. It's a way of attracting even more people into the club to spend money with us and we've sourced some great beers from local independent breweries. We've got a big social media following, so we'll be publicising that well in advance and also in the local press."
Jim White, Club Secretary of Leith RFC, Edinburgh:
At Leith RFC in Edinburgh, Club Secretary Jim White describes himslef as an eternal optimist when it comes to Scotland. "I have high hopes for the team this Championship but admittedly we always do better when we have England and France at home – we've never won the Grand Slam when we've had to travel to Twickenham and Paris – so that makes things a bit more difficult!"
The club is enjoying some big matchdays in the club. "While a lot of our members will be going to Murrayfield to watch Scotland's home games given, even more of our guys will be at the club to watch it," he says. “We have quite an eclectic mix of nationalities amongst our players with so it's great on a matchday as you can enjoy a bit of good-natured banter during the matches.
Guinness Six Nations Fixtures
SATURDAY FEB 24
14.15 France v Scotland (Paris)
16.45 Wales v England (Cardiff)
SUNDAY FEB 25
15.00 Italy v Ireland. (Rome)
SATURDAY MARCH 9
14.15 Scotland v Wales (Edinburgh)
16.45 England v Italy (Twickenham)
SUNDAY MARCH 10
15.00 Ireland v France (Dublin)
SATURDAY MARCH 16
12.30 Italy v France (Rome)
14.45 Wales v Ireland (Cardiff)
17.00 England v Scotland (Twickenham)