The Top 5 Greatest Six Nations Moments
Six Nations fever has us.
The Six Nations is back this weekend and promises to be one of the best in recent memory. Competition is at an all-time high and with Lions selection also up for grabs, we’re guaranteed some memorable moments.
To celebrate The Telegraph have compiled a list of the Top 50 greatest Six Nations moments. Their rugby experts have compiled a list of what they call ‘the most dramatic, thrilling and controversial moments.’
We’ve taken a close look at the top 5, with Ireland featuring heavily.
5. Italy’s perfect start.
Italy v Scotland, 2000
The Azzuri made a dream debut back in 2000, defeating Scotland 34-20 in their first ever Six Nations game. What was even more significant however was the fact that they made the front page of the Gazzetta dello Sport the following day, the first time rugby ever knocked off football.
4. O’Gara’s immortal Grand Slam winning drop-goal.
Wales v Ireland 2009
To this day, the greatest moment in Irish Rugby. Ireland had not won a Grand Slam since 1948, but made history in 2009 thanks to the boot of Ronan O’Gara. A 78th minute drop-goal brought Ireland a famous win, in spectacular fashion as they overcame Wales 17-15 at the Millennium Stadium.
3. Croke Park welcomes England.
Ireland vs England, 2007
One of the most spine-tingling moments in the history of sport. From John Hayes’ tears, to Croke Park standing for God Save the Queen, Ireland’s clash with England in 2007 was memorable for so many reasons. The respect shown for the English national anthem, despite the political issues will forever be remembered. A defining moment.
2. Brian O’Driscoll announces himself to the world.
France v Ireland, 2000
A memorable day once again for many reasons. Ireland secured their first win in France for 28 years, while a certain 21 year-old Brian O’Driscoll set the game alight with a stunning hat-trick. The day O’Driscoll truly announced himself to the world.
1. Martin Johnson takes on Ireland.
Ireland v England, 2003
Martin Johnson led his time out to the wrong side for the anthems and Ireland were not happy. President Mary McAlleese ended up walking on the pitch, and had to get her shoes dirty. The mind-games seemed to work as England went to to win the Grand Slam that day.