Is there a better sporting tournament than the Six Nations? The ups, the downs, the good years, the bad, the grit, the flair. The natural ebb and flow as teams peak and rebuild. The ever-improving Italians (they’re everyone’s second team, right?) becoming more and more of a threat. The local rivalries. The camaraderie. The local rivalries… and then being able to have a drink with your fellow supporters AND the opposition.
Which is one of the reasons the last couple of years has been so frustrating for rugby fans, from those shouting from the stands – when permitted – to those shouting at the pub TV. When permitted.
And, as we looked around over the last few months, at tables full of happy faces, at excellent pints being poured, at great food being enjoyed, with friendly banter in our ears and that sense of anticipation building, all we could think was “it’s good to be back.” Because, really, is there anywhere better to enjoy the Six Nations than in a good pub?