Passion looks set to run high this weekend as England face Ireland in the Six Nations at Twickenham in London.
While plenty of fans will pack out the capital’s high profile rugby stadium, many more will fill the city’s bars and event spaces to watch the two sides battle it out for the points on Saturday (March 17th) afternoon from 17:00.
According to The Irish Times reporter Gerry Thornley, England and Ireland are the only two sides in the competition on an “upward graph”, adding: “Nothing quite stirs the Irish blood more than the sight of the Red Rose in the mecca of English rugby on St Patrick’s Day.”
Currently, England are being caretaker-managed by Stuart Lancaster and things have gone well for the coach during his two months at the helm of the side.
BBC Sport‘s chief sports writer Tom Fordyce wrote on his blog that Lancaster’s case for taking on the role permanently has become “increasingly persuasive”, having just beaten France 24-22 in Paris, won all three away games in the Six Nations and tried out “untried tyros” in the team with a great deal of success.
The match between England and Ireland is the final game of the tournament, with the sides lying second and third respectively. Wales head the group, having won all four games.