Sporting rivalries are set to reignite across the UK this weekend as the home nations battle it out alongside other European teams in the RBS Six Nations Championship.
From the Saturday 2nd February - Saturday 16th March, England (@Official_RFU), Ireland (@irfurugby), Scotland (@Scotlandteam), Wales (@WelshRugbyUnion), Italy (@federugby) and France will battle to become European champions.
Clubs, players and fans are already using Twitter to speculate on this weekend’s clashes, chat with team mates and share information, making Twitter a great place to soak up the pre-match anticipation.
And with this Tweet from England (@Official_RFU), it looks like the off-pitch action is already hotting up:
.@ scotlandteam Two days to go. Are you ready for this lads? youtube.com/watch?v=5Z3NRZ… #ENGvSCO #rugbyunited
— Official RFU ( @Official_RFU) January 30, 2013
We’ve seen players using the platform to chat with each other - Chris Robshaw (@ChrisRobshaw) congratulated his club team mate Olly Kohn (@OllyKohn) on his Wales call up - but we’re guessing things may not be as friendly when they meet on the pitch:
Also a massive well done 2 mr Jolly Hog himself @ ollykohn1 for his call up to the Wales squad. Will the jolly hog be seen at the Millennium?
— Chris Robshaw ( @ChrisRobshaw) January 25, 2013
And the official referee for Sunday’s meeting between Italy and France also shared his travel plans with this Tweet, and responded to questions from fans on the platform:
O well time to start packin for my travels again. Off to Rome tomo. Refin Italy v France in the 6 Nations Sunday. Training & prep work first
— NigelOwens ( @Nigelrefowens) January 31, 2013
It’s not just players and teams who are using Twitter to get involved with the tournament. Welsh TV presenter Gethin Jones (@GethincJones) shared his thoughts on Saturday’s game between his home country and Ireland:
Ireland squad strong, gonna be hell of a battle on Saturday..
— Gethin Jones ( @GethincJones) January 29, 2013
The action kicks off with Wales v Ireland at 1.30pm on Saturday, followed by England v Scotland at 4pm, and Italy vs France on Sunday at 3pm.
You can tweet the team your message of support using #fanfortress & yours may appear at Twickenham along with your @ name during the England v Scotland match.
Other rugby players, fans and commentators on Twitter include:
Broadcasters and Former Players:
Sir Clive Woodward (@CliveWoodward)
Gabby Logan (@Gabby_Logan)
Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson)
Sonja McLaughlan (@Sonjamclaughlan)
Clare Balding (@clarebalding)
Will Carling (@WillCarling)
Shane Williams (@ShaneWilliams11)
David Flatman (@DavidFlatman)
Brian Moore (@brianmoore666)
Jonathan Davies (@JiffyRugby)
Jeremy Guscott (@JeremyGuscott)
Jason Mohammad (@jasonmbbc)
Austin Healey (@IamAustinHealey)
Lawrence Dallaglio (@dallaglio8)