Six Nations action returns – and we’re in the thick of it
We’re just a stone’s throw from the cauldron of exhilaration and emotion that is Murrayfield, so please forgive us if we’re just a little bit excited ahead of Six Nations action returning to Scotland’s national rugby stadium this weekend.
And what a way to welcome back the tournament in 2020 with a tasty tie against the Auld Enemy! Scotland take on England on home turf this Saturday and we’ve been booked out for months with rugby fans making their way to the capital for this thrilling match-up that never fails to disappoint (unless you’re on the losing side, of course).
Murrayfield is an easy 20-minute walk from the luxury of the Chester Residence – or a little bit longer if you decide to stop off at many of Edinburgh’s popular rugby pubs along the way – so it’s no wonder that we’re a fans’ favourite.
And as rugby returns this weekend, we thought it only right that we share our love for the game by celebrating our own super six players of all time.
As we prepare to entertain England, how could we not start with Hastings? Before we welcomed Italy into the fold and the tournament was known as the Five Nations, he played an unforgettable role in helping Scotland to win the Grand Slam in 1990. In his nine years playing for Scotland, Hastings earned 61 caps and scored a stunning 667 points.
Often described as the greatest full back ever to be produced by Scotland, he wore the navy jersey for a decade and in that time amassed 51 caps for the same number of starts. He was known for his blistering pace and his ability to slice through the defence – and to this day still holds two British and Irish Lions scoring records. He was, quite rightly, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
We have a real soft spot for the current captain, who scored his first try for Scotland in his debut start against France in 2012. His skills – both as a player and a leader – saw him named Six Nations Player of the Championship back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. A versatile player who is equally as comfortable at full back as fly-half, he’s been capped for Scotland 60 times – and we hope he’ll be playing for several years yet.
Possibly one of the greatest scrum halves of all time, Armstrong was a key figure in both of Scotland’s Five Nations triumphs in 1990 and 1999 – the latter as captain. What’s made all the more remarkable is that, up until the mid-1990s, he was playing rugby while also working as a long-distance lorry driver. He retired in 2004 – but recently made a one-off appearance for Stewart Melville’s third XV at the age of 51!
If we were to sum up Patterson in just two words? Record breaker! He’s our nation’s record points scorer with 809 points and in a career that saw him play from 1999 to 2011, he was capped 109 times. This makes him the second most-capped player of all time. Known for the accuracy of his foot, he held an incredible 100% kicking record over 10 months.
This absolute giant of a man very quickly became a fans’ favourite after his debut for Scotland against Argentina at Murrayfield in 1990. He played for Scotland for 10 years – winning 61 caps along the way – and also featured for the British and Irish Lions. After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, he’s become known for his fund-raising work to help find a cure through his charity, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Doddie, we salute you!
All fired up for the Six Nations with this walk down memory lane? Then why not stay with us for Scotland’s next home fixture on March 8 when we line up against France.