International Rugby Returns With The Start Of The Six Nations Championship
We are certainly living in strange and uncertain times. But even with lockdown continuing, International Rugby's Six Nations Championship will still go ahead with the opening games kicking off this weekend. This year will be very different with teams living in bubbles and playing without the live spectators that provide the passion in the stadiums.
This year, we will not witness the friendly and competitive banter in pubs and bars around the country as the Six Nations’ teams battle it out for the Triple Crown, the Calcutta Cup and the glory of the Grand Slam.
We will particularly miss this lively atmosphere in the Trefeddian Bar, having spent many afternoons enjoying the friendly banter of our guests from all over the UK – all avidly egging their teams on.
We start this year with England as the reigning 2020 champions. Wales last won the title in 2019 when they secured the Grand Slam and the Triple Crown – so the stakes and the passions are running high.
Also synonymous with the Six Nations Championship are the renditions of the national anthems at the beginning of each match - anthems that are belted out by players and spectators alike, setting the mood and getting the adrenaline pumped for the battle ahead.
Here, at the Trefeddian Hotel, we are warming up our vocal chords and practicing our national anthem...
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mâd,
Tros ryddid gollasant eu gwaed.
Gwlad, Gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad,
Tra môr yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
O bydded i'r heniaith barhau.
Good luck to all the teams this opening weekend, with the first match taking place between Italy and France, followed by England against Scotland, in the historic Culcutta Cup on Saturday 6th February. Wales then go head-to-head with Ireland on Sunday 7th February.
We are as excited as ever to see who will become the 2021 Six Nations Champions - but we will miss our guests, new and old, in our friendly bar.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon.