While all of us at CaughtOffside are self-confessed football addicts to the core, we do occasionally flick the channels on our flatscreen TV and have found ourselves quite enamoured by the Six Nations Championship.
Yes, they play with odd shaped balls and the players have all the footballing skills of a rhinoceros on Red Bull but international rugby is full of crunching tackles reminiscent of Michael Brown bearing a grudge and such searing pace that makes Aaron Lennon look like Michael Ballack.
Amazingly, with the final weekend of the Six Nations upon us, there are still tickets left for all three matches via our friends at tixdaq.com.
The pick of the bunch is ‘Le Crunch’ – France v England – at the Stade de France where les Bleus will be aiming to beat their old adversaries to claim the Grand Slam.
Of course, losing to the French is not something the English are terribly fond of so expects sparks to fly.
Ireland take on Scotland as they bid to secure a clean sweep over the home nations to claim the Triple Crown. This is the last Six Nations match to take place at Croke Park before the new incarnation of Lansdowne Road – the Aviva Stadium – opens for business later this year so it should be a memorable occasion, especially in the week of St Patrick’s Day.
Wales complete their miserable championships with a match against Italy but there is always a rousing atmosphere in the Millenium Stadium and you can bet – win or lose – a fair few pints will be sunk before, during and after the match.
If you’re not going to a football match this weekend or you’re a Chelsea fan tired of seeing a promising season implode, why not try something different. It might not be football but it ain’t bad.