After the young and ambitious Welsh team’s triumphant defeat of France in the epic conclusion to the 2012 RBS Six Nations Championship led to their third Grand Slam victory in a decade, the heat is on for all the teams in the 2013 round of the hotly contested rugby tournament.
With the post-injury return of Gavin Henson, who has been named as a challenger for the number 10 position in the provisional line-up and is reportedly brimming with confidence, Wales look set to bring another strong squad to the field. But will this be enough to guarantee them a second consecutive win? They’ll undoubtedly be facing stiff competition. The Scots are sharpening their tactical tools, while England and France have both proved their championship mettle on more occasions than Wales in the past ten years. England followed closely at the victors’ heels on the final 2012 points board – but with the highest points scorer in history, Jonny Wilkinson, no longer a part of their arsenal, will the Blighty side ride high or swing low in 2013? As squads aren’t announced until next year, fans can expect the guessing game to last almost until the real games begin.
Whatever the final line-ups mean for the outcome of the 2013 championship, there’s no question that the best way to experience the sporting thrills is to buy Six Nations tickets, and watch the battle for glory live in a choice of big-ticket venues from Twickenham to the Stade de France.
Making Sporting History
Since its inception in the nineteenth century, the Six Nations Championship has become one of the most highly anticipated events in the sporting calendar. Originally a contest between the four countries of the UK, the iconic annual tournament has gradually expanded over its 150-year history. The Five Nations Championship was inaugurated when France joined the ranks in 1910, and Italy’s admission in 2000 created the Six Nations as we know it today.
Reputations are made and broken on the prestigious pitches of the Six Nations, with England’s Jonny Wilkinson and Ireland’s Ronan O’Gara notable among the success stories. Italy has failed to win a championship in twelve years of participation, but since the days of zero match-wins in 2001 and 2002 the team has been on the up, seeing their way to an impressive victory over France in 2011. With the pressure on to prove they’re worthy of their position as the Sixth Nation, the ever-improving Italian side could just blow the competition wide open in 2013.
Be Sure to Be There
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