1. Rugby, Rugby and More Rugby
Only 3 months after Scotland’s die-hard performance in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Scottish fans are gearing up for 2 months of adrenaline-pumping, hard-hitting, bone-crunching rugby action. On the 6th of February, the 6 Nations 2016 kicks off and Scotland will once again have a chance to throw their rugby weight around.
2. Home Ground Advantage
After a few unlucky breaks (not to mention a few dodgy calls) in the World Cup, rugby fans throughout the country are flocking to Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield on the 6th of February and the 13th of March in the hope of gaining some home ground advantage. As a proud sporting nation, especially when it comes to football and rugby, you can expect the streets of Edinburgh to be packed with fans heading out to catch the game live, or en route to their favourite watering hole to revel in all the pre and post-match festivities.
3. Hopefully History Repeats Itself
For any Scot, Scotland’s opening game is pretty much the biggest game of the whole tournament. Forget the cup. Forget the other 4 nations battling it out for pride and glory. Because at the end of the day, it all comes down to whether or not Scotland beats England. Ever since Scotland beat their southern rivals in the first ever rugby union international match in 1871, rivalry between these two nations has been rife both on and off the field. In fact, any true Scottish fan will tell you that there are only two teams in the world to support, no matter the game – Scotland, and whoever happens to be playing England.
4. Scotland’s Chances
According to sportinglife, Scotland may just be the dark horse of the tournament. After an impressive show of strength, stamina and determination in the World Cup, Scotland’s chances of winning the coveted 6 Nations title has drastically improved. Scrum-half and captain, Greg Laidlaw, has also been pitted as Scotland’s player to watch as he leads his team onto the field of battle in the 6 Nations 2016.
5. No Close Calls
Controversial referee, Craig Joubert, will not be overseeing any of Scotland’s games. While he may be assistant referee in Scotland’s game against Ireland, we’re unlikely to see a repeat of the infamous Scotland vs. Australia World Cup Quarter Final.
6. His Game Day is Your Spa Day
While the thought of the 6 Nations 2016 may be less than desirable for all those rugby widows out there, it’s important to remember that your significant other’s game day can now become your Spa day. With discounted spa accesses to one of Edinburgh’s most relaxing five-star spas, tackling what to do while the rugby is on has never been easier.