Weather vs 6 Nations

  • Flooding in the South West. Photo: Andrew Mathews /PA Wire/Press Association

    This years captains. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association

    George North. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association

    France Scotland. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association

  • Weather vs 6 Nations
    01.02.2014 15:21

    The combination of high spring tides (caused by the new moon and the recent string of stormy and wet weather) and flooding in the south west has forced the Environment Agency to issue severe flood warning for some areas. With more storm systems looking set to batter the UK from the west, there will be a brief interlude between the low pressure systems tomorrow, a welcome respite for many. However with the start of the 6 Nations rugby Championship, the battering on the pitch has only just begun.

    The 6 Nations is an old competition of Rugby Union that dates back to 1883 where it was called the Home Nations Championship. It was the first international rugby tournament. and was played between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In 1910, France was included and the tournament became the 5 Nations. The 5 Nations carried on until 1999 when it became the 6 Nations with the addition of Italy.

    Other than the pride of a country there are also other things up for grabs in the 6 Nations. The Triple Crown is also on offer for England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland which is from the original Home Nations Tournament. The Calcutta cup between Scotland and England and the Millennium Trophy between England and Ireland are also less well known trophies. However, the main prize that everyone wants, other than to win the 6 Nations, is to beat all other teams, declaring themselves Grand Slam winners and champion of the Northern Hemisphere. The last time this happened was in 2012 and was a Welsh victory. This year looks set to be an especially interesting year as the teams are performing well and all look capable of winning.

    With the roof closed in Millennium stadium, Cardiff, the first game is sheltered from the squally showers and strong winds which are affecting western areas of Britain at the moment. These showers will be most frequent in the north-west where they will be wintry in places and fall as snow over high ground. Elsewhere in the UK it will be mostly dry and bright.

    In Stade de France, Paris, where England is taking on the French at 17:00 today, rain during the morning will have left the pitch wet. However with the rain now cleared to the east it looks set to be a dry and bright afternoon, with the last rays of light fading just after kick off.

    Tomorrow, eastern England and the Midlands look set to have a fine day with sunny periods and just the small chance of a shower. Wales, western England, the far south of England and Northern Ireland will have sunny spells and scattered showers, mostly light, although the odd heavy burst is possible. Scotland will be cloudy in the north-west with squally wintry showers but brighter elsewhere with a few showers. Ireland will be dry and bright with sunny spells, however there will also be showers in southern and western areas. However, these showers won’t affect the final game of the weekend in the Aviva stadium in Dublin where Ireland take on Scotland.

    By: John Griffiths