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Are the Guinness Six Nations 2020/21 going ahead?

Guinness Six Nations

Introduction

The current situation of International Rugby and more specifically the Guinness Six Nations 2020/21 and Autumn Internationals here in the UK are rather unclear. Some of the biggest questions on the lips of rugby fans are “Will the 2020 Six Nations be completed?” and “Are the 2021 Six Nations going ahead?” In any ‘normal’ year this would be met with a resounding “Yes” however it’s clear that this is unlikely to be the case.  Let’s explore the impact of Covid-19 to the rugby calendar and how you can still watch the major upcoming events.

Will the 2020 Guinness Six Nations be completed?

The 2020 Guinness Six Nations will have its final round of fixtures completed in October. There are currently 4 men’s games to be finished. One Round-4 fixture: Ireland v Italy 24/20/2020 at the Aviva Stadium. Followed by three Round-5 fixtures all to be played on the 31/10/2020: Wales v Scotland, Italy v England, and France v Ireland. All matches are set to be played at their regular locations apart from Wales v Scotland where a venue has yet to be announced as the Principality is still in operation as a field hospitality.

What are the remaining 2020 Six Nations permutations?

England

The current standings after 4 almost complete rounds sees England top the group. Beating Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, a first Triple Crown for England in 4 years. England’s final game is against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico where they would expect to win and by a considerable margin. Tries will be the name of the game as the Championships could come down to points difference.

France

Second place France have an outside chance but have a tough match against Ireland at home at the Stade de France. A difficult task as the French are infamous for being slow starters, however, the French have recently had a resurgence under Jacques Brunel and defence coach Shaun Edwards (what a difference he has made) adding the required steel to complement French flair. To win, France would require England away in Italy to win by a smaller margin. Tough ask!

Ireland

The final team in contention is Ireland. Currently sitting in fourth they have 2 games remaining. Similarly, to England one of those games is away to Italy and if recent history is anything to go by this should be an Irish win and by a decent margin. Andy Farrell’s men then head to the Stade de France needing a second win to be crowned Champions. It’s worth noting a BP win against Italy and a win against the French would crown the Irish Champions irrespective of other results.

Will fans be able to attend the 2020 Guinness Six Nations?

Unfortunately due to the recent change in government regulation, the pilot scheme, which was intended to be rolled out in October and would have allowed fans back into stadiums for sporting events, has been pushed back.
The Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) met with officials from the respective governing bodies to announce the continuation to the ban of fans from sporting venues. The 2020 Six Nations is therefore likely to be completed behind closed doors.

Are the 2020 Autumn Internationals going ahead?

Typically, the Autumn Internationals would be played throughout November. This offers players and coaching staff alike the opportunity to pit their wits against the best of the Southern Hemisphere rugby powers. In recent years these Test matched have been seen as a barometer, the litmus test, to where teams are positioned in the World Rankings and ultimately who would likely go on to raise the most coveted of all trophy’s; the William Web Ellis Cup at the IRB World Cup.
This year however, has been affected by the Covid-19 virus which has put restrictions on the ease of travel often afforded to International Sporting teams. A period of quarantine of around 2 weeks and the risk afforded to players physically and mentally has been rightly deemed too high.

What is the Autumn Nations Cup 2020?

This is the new competition proposed by the IRB to run in place of the Autumn Internationals. The teams include those of the Guinness Six Nations plus Georgia and Fiji. Fixtures from November 13 (unfortunately it is a Friday, I’ve checked!) to December 6.
The teams are split into two groups and will play each other once. After the final round of group fixtures, winners of group A will play the winners of Group B. The second-place team in Group A will play the second-place team in Group B… you get the picture.
Twickenham, The Aviva Stadium, Murrayfield and the Stade de France have so far been confirmed as host Stadia.

England v Ireland – Premium Virtual Hospitality Package – 21/11/2020

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In the build up to the match you will be joined live for pre-match interactive chats with international rugby stars before tuning in to England v Ireland live on Amazon Prime.

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Are the 2021 Guinness Six Nations going ahead?

The good news is the 2021 Guinness Six Nations are going ahead as planned. A full 5 rounds of fixtures and will compete as usual for the available silverware. An added incentive for the players and potentially coaching staff, is the opportunity to join the Lions Tour. To be on tour with the Lions is a special occasion, however to play against the World Champions certainly adds a level.

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Will fans be able to attend The 2021 Guinness Six Nations?

Chiefs from the Guinness Six Nations have met with representatives from governing bodies to discuss ways to allow fans to attend the Championship. This could involve hosting the event later. Currently, discussions are in their very earliest stages and all options are on the table. It’s in the interest of World Rugby that fans are back watching matches as safely and as swiftly as possible.

Register your interest here or give us a call on 0207 048 4848 for further details.

2021 Guinness Six Nations Ireland v France

2021 Guinness Six Nations Ireland v France

2021 Guinness Six Nations Ireland v France

2021 Guinness Six Nations Ireland v France – a re run of the final match from the 2020 Six Nations. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak all games were called off. The 2020 tournament had reached a critical point with any of three teams capable of winning the title; England, France and Ireland; before the Coronavirus pandemic put a halt to proceedings.

Event history

The last time Ireland and France met was in the 2019 Six Nations Championship. Ireland put in a dominant performance emerging 26-14 winners. Ireland greatly improved on the previous week’s performances. France were under constant pressure until the result was beyond doubt.

Fly half Jonathan Sexton captains both Leinster Rugby and Ireland. He has previously represented the British and Irish Lions in both 2013 and 2017 and has scored over 700 points in his international career. Sexton is one of the highest points-scorers in rugby union history.

Sexton was the winner of World Rugby Player of the Year in 2018. He had previously been a nominee for the award in 2014. He is only the second Irish player in history to win the award, after inaugural winner, Keith Wood, in 2001.

Sexton became the 106th player to captain Ireland when he led the team out at their 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Officially named captain for the 2020 Six Nations Championship. He’s expected to continue for the 2021 Guinness Six Nations.

Whats included

On a typical match day at the Aviva Stadium, guests can expect to arrive early to the official IRFU hospitality Suite. Then enjoy a 3 course meal and complimentary bar whilst listening to rugby legends give insight and recount stories of old.  Finally you can take your VIP seats for the match. Enjoy this bruising encounter before a post-match reception with finger food and more Guinness.

Call Engage today to book your place.

Do not miss out in these Guinness Six Nations Fixtures

Twickenham Stadium

Principality Stadium

Aviva Stadium

Murrayfield Stadium

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Italy

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Italy

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Italy

Scotland v Italy, event history

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Italy – Scotland and Italy have played each other in 31 matches. Scotland winning 23 times and Italy winning 8 times with no matches drawn. Italy haven’t beaten Scotland since 2015 and their most recent encounter, in the Guinness Six Nations Championship 2020, was won 17-0 by Scotland.

Scotland did not get the bonus point. However, it delighted the team to keep a clean sheet in defence. Stuart Hogg scored a stunning solo first-half try, complemented by second-half scores from Chris Harris and Adam Hastings. This Hogg’s first win as Scotland captain and they delivered when it counted and had to defend very strongly for most of the match.

What was said

Hogg later said to ITV: “We’re delighted with that, we came here to do a job, and we’ve done exactly that … I’m proud of the boys, it was a huge effort and we came away with an important win.”

On the battle at the breakdown: “We challenged our boys to get us on the front foot … you can see that with Hamish Watson getting the man of the match.”

“A huge part of the game now is the kicking game …  therefore we want to be playing with that kind of defence, thankfully it opened up and I scored in the corner. I wasn’t making a mess of that one, I can assure you.”

Whats included

At  2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Italy enjoy a warm welcome in the Thistle Suite. Located in the West Stand of BT Murrayfield Stadium. The facility showcase’s Scottish hospitality at its best. Enjoy a glass of champagne and a warm welcome. An introduction from the legendary guest speakers follows. Finally, treat your guests to official SRU hospitality with unrivaled seats in the West Stand to watch the action unfold. Later return to the comfort of the suite for some post match refreshments and warming whisky.

Do not miss out in these Guinness Six Nations Fixtures

Twickenham Stadium

Principality Stadium

Aviva Stadium

Murrayfield Stadium

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Ireland

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Ireland

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Ireland

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Ireland – The tournament sees Scotland welcome Ireland to BT Murrayfield. The penultimate match of the tournament. Ireland and Scotland have played each other in 136 matches, Ireland winning 65 times, Scotland winning 66 times and five matches drawn. Since 1989, the teams have competed for the Centenary Quaich during the Six Nations Championship.

Scotland v Ireland, event history

The 2017 Six Nations Championship saw Scotland beat Ireland at Murrayfield. A 27-22 upset. Since then Ireland have won three times, including in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations where the Irish ran out 19-12 winners at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

On 50 minutes, Stuart Hogg (who played outstandingly well despite this howler) went to score a try unopposed, but managed to lose control over the line. A disallowed try. Scotland also missed chances to score other tries.

Scotland’s Head Coach Gregor Townsend said after the match “I’m proud of the performance, we should have put more points on the board but I’m not really frustrated by it. There’s a lot to be encouraged about. I have to credit the Ireland defence, however we didn’t take the opportunities that were there. I thought Adam Hastings played well and we looked good when we had ball.”

Fly half & Captain Jonny Sexton scored all Ireland’s points and Head Coach Andy Farrell was full of praise for his side: That was a proper test match and I’m happy we came out with the Win. Jonny played well as the new captain, an outstanding performance. However, there’s always things to work on as a team and our decision making wasn’t great at times. I asked the team to stand for something this week and they stood for grit. That last five minutes of defence said a lot about them.”

 What to expect

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Ireland. Soak up the bagpipes on the approach to Scotland’s fortress Murrayfield. Enjoy a day of superb dining in the premium Thistle Suite, with a complimentary bar and match tickets in the West Stand. Ensure you put the date in the diary.

Contact Engage to book your table today.

Do not miss out in these Guinness Six Nations Fixtures

Twickenham Stadium

Principality Stadium

Aviva Stadium

Murrayfield Stadium

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Wales

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Wales

2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Wales

The 2021 Guinness Six Nations Scotland v Wales fixture is Scotland’s opening fixture at BT Murrayfield.

Scotland and Wales have played each other 125 times since 1883. Wales winning 73 matches, Scotland winning 49 matches and three matches drawn.

Scotland v Wales, Event history

Since 2018 the winners of a Scotland and Wales match will receive the Doddie Weir Cup. The cup brought awareness to a relatively unheard of motor neurone disease. Former Scotland international lock Doddie Weir was diagnosed with the illness in 2017.

The last time the two sides met was during the 2019 Six Nations Championship.

Wales looked well in control as they went into the break 15-6 up after a dominant first-half performance resulting in Josh Adams and Jonathan Davies scoring tries.

However, Scotland responded well in the second half and starved Wales of any ball as they applied tremendous attacking pressure onto their visitors.

Darcy Graham’s try in the 51st minute made it 15-11 but despite Scotland throwing everything at Wales – including wrecking ball Hamish Watson – Wales had their tremendous defence to thank for the win.
Wales came away with the spoils after an attritional battle at Murrayfield.

Scotland captain Stuart McInally spoke to the BBC after the game: “We’re obviously massively disappointed with that,” he said. “We had a chance to win the game and weren’t quite accurate enough. The team got a massive lift when Darcy Graham scored but they’re (Wales are) an excellent side and they’ve got a great defence. Unfortunately we couldn’t break it down on this occasion.”

Whats included

Soak up the bagpipes on the approach to Scotland’s fortress Murrayfield. Enjoy a day of superb dining in the premium Thistle Suite. The package includes a complimentary bar and match tickets in the West Stand. Ensure you put the date in the diary, and contact Engage to book your table today.

Do not miss out in these Guinness Six Nations Fixtures

Twickenham Stadium

Principality Stadium

Aviva Stadium

Murrayfield Stadium