A historic weekend in Dublin awaits England Rugby

Strap yourselves in as this weekend is going to be a roller coaster you won’t want to get off. Two huge games, both in Dublin and both involve the England Men and Women teams.

It all starts Friday night when the Red Roses take on Ireland in a Women’s Six Nations stand off for the championship. The winner will take all going into a huge year for women’s rugby.  Both teams are on form and it’s going to be a close one to call.  Red Roses head coach Simon Middleton said.

“We have put ourselves in a position to realise our Six Nations ambitions of winning the Championship but we’re under no illusions of how difficult the task will be.”

Fast forward 24 hours and England Rugby will line up at the Aviva Stadium Saturday night knowing a win over the Irish will put them in the record books.  Knowing they could potentially be the first nation to win a RBS 6 Nations double Grand Slam.

What is refreshing to see is how grounded Eddie Jones has kept the team since the 61-21 win over Scotland over the weekend. Granted, it could have been easy for the team to celebrate and think the RBS 6 Nations Championship was good enough. No, not this team. Immediately the focus on the game against Dublin was the squads first thought post-match. This sentiment was backed up by Eddie.

“The message to the players has been quite simple, we’re playing Ireland on Saturday and that is the only thing that counts. We are focusing on preparing well, the only thing we can control is our preparation.”

This will be the fifth time both nations have come together at the Aviva Stadium with two wins each in the four games that have been played. So an easy game for England. Definitely not.

As this is the final game of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations, we just want to say a massive thank you to every single one of you for your fantastic support. The team couldn’t have got to this stage without you. The atmosphere at Twickenham and at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff was something special and we know you will be right behind the team Wearing The Rose either at home or in Dublin this Friday and Saturday evening.

Keep up with all the pre match action, reaction and match action by following us O2 Sports on Twitter and Instagram channels. We also want to see you all #WearTheRose for England and get behind the team for what could be a memorable weekend.

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Enjoy the games. You are England.