RBS Six Nations – Scotland Rugby Matches and Tickets 2015

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RBS Six Nations – Scotland Rugby Matches and Tickets 2015

15.01.2015 – Scotland faces tough competition in this year’s RBS Si Nations Championships against Wales, Italy and current champions Ireland. All Scotland Six Nations tickets are available now.

Scotland is in great shape since Vern Cotter took over as head coach and won five of the last 7 games. The team around skipper Grant Gilchrist is optimistic after winning the last Autumn International game against Tonga with 37-12.

Scotland vs Wales on Sunday, February 15th at 3pm

Scotland faces an exciting opening match against Wales. The team of Warren Gatland is among the favorites to win the 2015 Six Nations Championship after coming third in 2014 and lifting the Six Nations trophy in 2012 and 2013. Scotland hasn’t won against the Red Dragons since 2007.

The Wales team is picked with world-class players such as Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Biggar and skipper Sam Warburton. However, Wales can be beaten as proven by Australia (28-33) and New Zealand (16-34) in the Autumn Internationals. Scotland fans will certainly take the house down for the Six Nation opener and push their team to the limit. Get your Scotland rugby tickets now and see the Six Nations opening game live at the BT Murrayfield.

Scotland vs Italy on Saturday, February 28th at 2:30pm

Scotland is clear favorite against Italy and hasn’t lost at home since 2007. Italy is currently no. 14 in the IRB Word Rankings and lost all Six Nations games in 2013. Last year, Scotland beat the Azzuri 20-21 after two tries of Duncan Weir at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

The team of coach Jacques Brunel, however, played a great Autumn International wining against Samoa with 24-13, losing to South Africa (6-22) and making Argentina (18-20) work hard for their victories. Players to watch out in the Italian squad are captain Sergio Parisse (108 caps), Marco Bortolami (110 caps) and Martin Castrogiovanni (107 caps). Get your Scotland Six Nations tickets now!

Scotland vs Ireland on Saturday, March 21st at 2:30pm

Scotland will face one of the toughest matches on their final weekend against current RBS Six Nation Champion, Ireland. Ireland is led by captain Paul O’Connell and played a strong Autumn International beating Australia (26-23), Georgia (49-7), South Africa (29-15) and against Argentina twice this summer. The Ireland squad is as strong as expected with Jonathan Sexton, Rory Best and Tommy Bowe being in great shape.

However, Scotland won the last 2 meetings against Josef Schmidt’s team at the BT Murrayfield. Scotland captain Grant Gilchrist will certainly motivated his team to achieve the same result.

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Rivals

Scotland’s main rivals throughout the competition will be England, Wales and Ireland. This is due to the geographical location of all the countries and a large history of matches between the nations.

Stadium

Scotland plays their International fixtures at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Murrayfield has been the home of Scottish rugby since 1925. Currently it holds 67,130, recently reduced because of the installation of the largest “big screens” in the country.

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Six Nations 2014

Currently ranked 10th in the IRB world rankings, Scotland are the 5th highest ranked team in the Six Nations competition. This makes their 2013 achievements all the more impressive as they finished in third position ahead of higher ranked teams such as France and Ireland.

Current

Having had a strong 2013 campaign the scots will be looking to mount an even more impressive challenge for the 2014 title. To do this it will be essential that key players step up to the mark. Greig Laidlaw did so for the Scots in the 2013 competition. The scrum half scored a valuable 61 points in 5 games for Scotland, and his kicking at goal was essential in their impressive 2013 campaign. Laidlaw’s performances throughout the competition lead to him being the only Scotland player to make it into the RBS six nations team of the tournament. The Scottish Rugby Union will prepare for the Six Nations with a number of autumn internationals. During this time they will play Japan and then 2 of the top 3 teams in the world, South Africa and Australia.

Ireland vs Scotland – 2nd February 2014

The Scots will kick off their 2014 campaign against the Irish Rugby Union. When the two sides met in the 2013, Scotland ran out 12-8 winners in what was a very close tie. Having been 8-0 down at half time Greig Laidlaw converted 4 penalties to help Scotland record back to back victories in the competition. Ireland had a poor 2013 campaign finishing 5th in the table, gaining only 3 points along the way.

Scotland vs England – 8th February 2014

In the second round of the tournament, Scotland will face 2013 runners up, England. The English convincingly beat the Scots on their way to finishing second with a 38-18 victory in the first round of last year’s six nations. Owen Farrell’s outstanding kicking display meant that Scotland struggled to match England. England missed out on winning the six nations after a final round loss to eventual winners, Wales.

Wales vs Scotland – 15th March 2014

Scotland will face reigning champions Wales in their final game of the competition. The Welsh Rugby Union will once again be considered one of the favourites for the competition, so the final game could prove crucial in deciding the outcome of the 2014 tournament. Last year Scotland put on a strong show but eventually lost the game 28-18.

Six Nations 2013

Scotland is ranked 12th in the world and are the current holder of the Wooden Spoon. Scotland will be looking to get points on the board in 2013 as they try to rebuild after a disappointing 2012.

Current

Current Head Coach is Andy Robinson and Captain is Ross Ford who unfortunately had to receive the Wooden Spoon in the last campaign. Ritchie Gray is one player to watch in the Scotland ranks, he is tipped to have a good competition and is a youngster with great drive and determination. However, lack of experience at fly half could prove a stumbling block. Scotland shouldn’t end up with the Wooden Spoon in 2013, but they need to find that spark to score tries.

Scotland vs Italy – February 13th, 2013

Scotland will host Italy on February 9th at 14:30 at Murrayfield Stadium. Italy is currently 10th in the IRB World Rankings. However, Scotland is the clear favourite. Scotland won 9 out of 10 games against Italy in Scotland. Scotland also is still seeking revenge from last year’s Six Nations when Italy beat Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico with 13-6. The team of head coach Jacques Brunel beat Tonga at the Autumn Internationals with 28-23, but lost against New Zealand with 10-42 and Australia with 19-22. The players to watch in the Italy squad are Mirco Bergamasco and Kristopher Burton.

Scotland vs Ireland – February 24th, 2013

Scotland will face Ireland on February 24th at 14:00 at Murrayfield Stadium. Currently 6th in the IRB World Rankings, Ireland will be one of Scotland’s toughest opponents during the 6 Nations 2013. Ireland beat Fiji with 53-0 and Argentina with 46-24 at the Autumn Internationals. The last time Scotland faced Ireland was on March 10th, 2012 when Ireland won at home with 32-14 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Players to watch in the Ireland team are Fergus McFadden and Jonathan Sexton. Scotland, however, will be the favourite as they are motivated to win in front of the home crowd at Murrayfield Stadium.

Scotland vs Wales – March 9th, 2013

Scotland will play Wales on March 9th at 14:30 at Murrayfield Stadium. Wales slipped to 9th in the IRB World Rankings after a disappointing Autumn Internationals. However, the team of Coach Warren Gatland is motivated to make up for it in 2013. The last time both teams met was at the 6 Nations in 2012 when Wales beat Scotland with 27-13 at the Millennium Stadium. In the history of the two facing each other, Scotland only beat Wales in 48 out of 117 games. Wales’s biggest win in 2012 was the 16-9 victory over France at the 6 Nations in 2012. The player to watch is the 23 year old Leigh Halfpenny.

Stadium

Scotland plays their International fixtures at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Murrayfield has been the home of Scottish rugby since 1925. Currently it holds 67,130, recently reduced because of the installation of the largest “big screens” in the country.

Rival

Scotland’s main rivals are England, Wales and Ireland – simply because of the geographical closeness of the teams. However, the biggest rival is probably England, contesting their Calcutta Cup every season.

History

Scottish rugby dates back to 1871, where they invited a team of 20 players from England to play in Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. This was to be the first ever International rugby match to be held and Scotland won it by a goal and a try.  In the early part of the 20th Century, Scotland had mixed successes, and in 1907 won their first Triple Crown. Unfortunately, this would be their last for 18 years, as the War and numerous English victories stopped Scotland from winning another one. In 1897, the SRU became the first of the Home Unions to own a ground. The first visitors were Ireland, who lost to Scotland in 1899. They played at Inverleith until 1925, when they moved to Murrayfield Stadium. England was the first visitors to Murrayfield. Scotland edged out their opponents in a thrilling contest and went on to win their first ever Five Nations Grand Slam.

A year later, Scotland was the first team to defeat England at Twickenham. In 1939, Scottish rugby came to a halt as the Second World War started, the SRU cancelled all trials and tournaments scheduled. Some merged, some closed down completely. Scotland didn’t have a successful period after the war, losing 17 times in a row between 1951 and 1955. The teams from 1955 onwards were more successful. In 1964 they won the Calcutta Cup, a cup that is contested between England and Scotland annually. They went on to claim the Five Nations title. In 1971, the SFU appointed their first Head Coach after years of resistance because they believed the sport should remain amateur. In 1980, they had a change in Head Coach and appointed Jim Telfer. Scotland toured Australia and won their first test ever against any of the 3 Southern Hemisphere sides. Scotland attended the inaugural World Cup, held in New Zealand and Australia, where Scotland made the quarter-final, only to lose to host New Zealand.

1990’s are regarded as the greatest years in Scottish rugby. Scotland went into the Five Nations as an outsider and came up against the big favourites England. Determined to win in front of their home crowd, they went on to record a 13-7 victory and won their third ever Grand Slam title. However, in 1991, England got their revenge in the World Cup as the teams met in the Semi Finals. England came to Murrayfield and Scotland were edged out by a drop goal. Scotland reached the quarter final in 1995 only to be knocked out again by New Zealand. Scotland suffered a poor start to the 2000’s and in 2003-04 Scotland didn’t win a single match of their Six Nations campaign  and collected the Wooden Spoon. Heading into 2010, Scotland had a change of Head Coach and won their first match against the Wallabies with 9-8 at Murrayfield. Scotland didn’t have an enjoyable 2012 Six Nations being whitewashed and collecting another Wooden Spoon. After this miserable competition, Scotland went down under to face Australia in a tour which saw them win, their first win against Australia in 30 years.

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