THERE has been no shortage of drama during the first two rounds of the 2024 Six Nations, and Scotland fans in particular have surfed a tide of extreme emotions, from euphoric relief after the team’s roller-coaster win over Wales in Cardiff in round one, to frustrated heartache following last Saturday’s ‘kick in the stomach’ loss to France at Murrayfield.
Looking ahead, the plot-lines are set to continue to excite and entertain in equal measure. Can Warren Gatland’s new look Wales team build on the confidence gained from two narrow losses against Scotland and England by producing a performance of the ages to derail the Ireland juggernaut in Dublin in round three? Will France break free of their post-World Cup hangover when Italy come calling next Saturday?
As for Scotland, it is England next, back at Murrayfield on Saturday February 24th, with the Calcutta Cup up for grabs. The home nation have won four and drawn one of the six games played between the two countries since Gregor Townsend took over the reins in the summer of 2017, so recent history is on their side. But that will surely blow extra fire into the English bellies ahead of the world’s oldest international fixture. Whichever team wins this match will have had to produce the sort of 80 minute performance that neither side has managed so far.
The Offside Line team can’t wait to report on all the build-up, live action and aftermath of that eagerly anticipated clash, as well as Scotland’s two subsequent matches against Italy in Rome on 9th March and Ireland in Dublin seven days later.
And with our currently website enjoying record page views as Six Nations fever grips the rugby playing public, we are delighted to be on this Six Nations journey in partnership with Kerr’s Borders Gin; every drop made from Scottish Borders barley and every grain grown within 35-miles of their distillery.
Inspired by the travels of William Kerr, a botanist with a passion for plant-hunting, Kerr’s Gin carefully brings together the bold flavours of our herbal botanicals.
To get their sponsorship of The Offside Line’s Six Nations coverage underway, the team at Borders Distillery have not one but two excellent offers for our readership.
- To win a tour of Borders Distillery for you and three friends or family members, all you need to do is answer this simple question: ‘In which town in the Borders is Kerr’s Gin made?’ Please email your answer together with your name and a contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 16th February to enter the draw, and a name will be selected at random with the winner contacted by email the following week.
- The team at Kerr’s Borders Gin are offering you a 15% discount on an online purchase of their Kerr’s Gin AND Kerr’s Navy Strength Gin throughout the Men’s Six Nations. Simply visit the distillery’s home page by clicking HERE and use discount code “Strongroots” for the discount to be automatically applied.
- Please enjoy Kerr’s Gin Responsibly. Over 18s only. Go to drinkaware.co.uk for more information.