Sport Wednesday, February 8th Words by: Adam Knight

Where to watch the Six Nations rugby in Herefordshire

Sport Wednesday, February 8th

Where to watch the Six Nations rugby in Herefordshire

Every twelve months, six countries who used fight wars against each other, get together to reignite those same long-practiced rivalries for seven weeks of international rugby. Incidentally, its scheduling also has a habit of throwing up the kind all-day drinking sessions you usually have to get in fancy dress to get away with.

This year, for example, the final day features three games played back-to-back, on St Paddy’s Day, with Cheltenham Festival racing occupying any gaps in the action not filled by loo stops or runs to the bar. Tomorrow, you’ve got a North London derby at 12.30pm, a National 2 game at Luctonians at 2.15pm, and then the big one – England v Wales at 4.45pm.

Your best bet is to find a barstool somewhere, settle in and hurl some well-worn stereotypes at any academically-challenged Irishman, Pimms-drinking Englishman, garlic-clad Gaul, tight-fisted Scot or romantic shepherd close enough to hear.

The action’s on terrestrial, so you’re not short of options – but if you want atmosphere here are some of the best.

The Wobbly Brewing Co

This one’s specifically for this weekend, but it’s also one of those If Carlsberg did Saturdays adverts, except instead of mass-produced Danish lager your perfect Saturday is washed down with some knockout beers fresh out of the brew house they were made in.

The self-proclaimed Hairy Welder and his brewers are opening up the doors to the Wobbly Brewing Company (on the edge of town, just off the Roman Road), and promptly erecting a big screen to show both 6 Nations clashes (Ireland v Italy, then the big one - England v Wales). They're also getting a hog roast on the go and inviting local rockers Phoenix over for a gig. It’s £6 to get in, but then it’s only £2 a pint.

More here.

 

The Barrels, Hereford

Pros: Probably the best pub in the world. Loads of space. Screens inside and out. For England games they feed you with a bowl of whatever is traditionally eaten by the opposition (last week was pasta).

Cons: Will be busy – get there early for a seat. No big screen.

More here.

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The Chequers, Etnam St, Leominster

Another Wye Valley Brewery pub, meaning it’s stocked full of HPA and Butty – and the new Wye Valley stout for the Ireland game (which is half the price of a Guinness). The Chequers has plans to open more of a sport bar, but for now it’s just what you need on a cold February – open fires, great atmosphere and a decent-sized screen.

More here.

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The Drop Inn, Ross-on-Wye

The Ross-on-Wye rugby institution doubles as the local club’s post-match venue and is fills up pretty quickly on match days.

Games are be shown on a big screen, and although there’s no food, there’s more than enough beer and atmosphere to keep you going all afternoon.

 

Yate’s/Hogarths, Hereford

Not to lump the two in together, but seeing as they’re next door we might as well save some ink.

Both have loads of screens – Yate’s has some really big ones, Hogarths has booths with their own individual screens if you get there early enough – and are the two most Sports Bar-y listings on here.

They will also likely be showing the lunchtime Premier League kick-off, if you want to get started early. Find both on Commercial Road in Hereford, stumbling distance from the Kerry if your night goes that way.

 

Hillside Brewery, Longhope

Just over the county line, but everyone knows the closer you get the Gloucester the better the rugby. This is another micro-brewery that's throwing a massive projector screen and opening its taps for the Six Nations.

Bad news for the Paddys, this week it's only open for the England game and shuts at 7pm - but will continue to show a load of games throughout the tournament and pour you off ale fresh from the tanks.

More here.

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Gordon Bennetts, Hereford

The city centre pub/bar has put up some big screens especially for the rugby – inside and out – with a great area down the bottom to get in to the games. They’ve also got live music on every Saturday night throughout the Six Nations (including infectious rockers Call of the Kraken next weekend), feature a load of real ales and they’re open until 1am.

More here.

 

The Victory, Hereford

Back in 'proper pub' territory - ran by Hereford Rugby Club stalwart, and staunch Welsh supporter, Jim Kenyon, the St Owen’s Street pub has long been one of the best places to watch rugby in Hereford. And it's got it's own brewery out the back of the pub.

Depending on who’s playing there's often will be a hearty Irish stew, a hearty Welsh stew or a famous Kenyon Curry on offer regardless of whether or not you’re wearing red.

More here.

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The Bateman Arms, Shobdon

Another famous face of Herefordshire rugby, former Luctonians RFC legend and occasional master of ceremonies Simon ‘Norm’ Green-Price now runs the Bateman Arms in Shobdon.

A familiar spot for Luctonians players and coaches, The Bateman will be showing the 6 Nations on all its screens for those who are in the north of the county.

More here.

 

The Lichfield Vaults, Hereford

The food may be Greek, but when the rugby is on the atmosphere is defiantly more Northern European.

With rugby memorabilia all over its walls, ‘The Lich’ shows all 6 Nations games live on big screens, and, sport aside, is another gorgeous little ‘proper boozer’ tucked away on Hereford’s Church Street. 

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The Britannia Inn, Hereford

Comes complete with a dartboard and free sandwiches for England games. Welcome to Whitecross Road's finest boozer.

More here.

 

And finally - local rugby clubs 

Having said all that, without doubt, the best place to watch any rugby game is in the warm, often boozy, surroundings of a clubhouse bar.

Not only will you be surrounded by passionate fans - half of whom will tell you they could’ve played for England if it wasn’t for a knee injury in the 80’s - but these clubs are the lifeblood of the sport and they thrive off the revenue raised over the bar during international games.

Whether you have played the game, held water bottles on the sidelines of a mini-rugby practice, or just fancy popping in, you will be made to feel welcome at any of Herefordshires’s great local clubs.

And like I mentioned in the intro, there's some live action going on as well with Lucs hosting Sedgely Park in a National 2 clash at Mortimer Park. If you've never been, you need to go. It's blood and mud at its finest. 

 

Luctonians RFC, Mortimer Park, Hereford Lane, Kingsland, HR6 9SB

Hereford RFC, Belverdere Lane, Hereford HR4 0PH

Ledbury RFC, Ross Road, Ledbury HR8 2LP

Ross-on-Wye RFC, The Drop Inn, Station Street, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7AG

Bromyard RFC, Tenbury Road, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4LW

Greyhound Dog RFC, Grandstand Road, Hereford, HR4 9NG

 

Enjoy...

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