Six Nations Rugby
The Six Nations Rugby championship is a much awaited annual event on the international rugby calendar. The European competition involves the national teams from the six nations of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France and Italy.
Each team plays the other five nations once, with the home games alternating each year. The winner of the Six Nations Rugby tournament is crowned with the Championship trophy. The team that finishes at the bottom of the league is unofficially said to receive the ‘wooden spoon’, although no actual prize is awarded.
Six Nations Rugby in IrelandUntil 2007, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) had a long and proud history at Lansdowne Road, where the Irish team played. When this stadium was demolished to make way for the new Aviva Stadium, the IRFU temporarily moved to Croke Park, which today is home to the Gaelic Athletics Association. When the Aviva Stadium opened in 2010, Ireland’s rugby team had a new home. The home side gained a massive transformation in support when their seated stadium capacity changed from 23,000 to over 50,000.
Aviva Stadium ToursOne of the best ways to learn more about Six Nations Rugby and the Ireland team is to take a guided tour of the Aviva Stadium. Tours include a visit to the players’ dressing rooms, a chance to walk through the tunnel and stand pitch-side, as well as a visit to the dugout.
Soak up the sporting atmosphere in DublinDon’t miss out on the experience of seeing a live Six Nations rugby game in Dublin. The Irish home games are the most atmospheric during the Six Nations, and the city of Dublin comes to life in support of their national team.
Reaching the Aviva Stadium from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin only takes around half an hour by public transport. Our front desk will be happy to offer advice on the best travel options.