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.
A special tournament, the Six Nations is as good an excuse as any to while away a cold February afternoon or five down the pub, throwing every well-worn stereotype in the direction of the opposition - be it the academically-challenged Irish, the Pimms-drinking Englishman or the garlic-clad Gaul - and enjoy a jar or two in the process.
Here is our hand-picked guide of the best places to do so:
The Left Bank, herefordleftbank.com
The riverside mecca is bringing back the big screens it put up during the Rugby World Cup, and will be showing the games both outside in the courtyard – equipped with firepits to keep you warm – and inside the Coach House bar – equipped with real ales to keep you warmer.
Also, they are rolling out a new range of award-winning pies from celebrated Bristol firm Pie Minister for the occasion. A pie, a pint and the rugby – what more could you want.
The Victory, www.herefordbrewery.co.uk/victory.htm
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.
Depending on who’s playing there 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.
The Drop Inn, Station Street, 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.
The Lichfield Vaults, www.lichfieldvaultshereford.co.uk
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 a gorgeous little ‘proper boozer’ tucked away on Hereford’s Church Street.
The Bateman Arms, Shobdon, www.thebatemanarms.co.uk
Another famous face of Herefordshire rugby, former Luctonians RFC 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.
The Britannia Inn, Hereford, www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk/the-britannia
Comes complete with a dartboard and free sandwiches for England games. Welcome to Whitecross Road's finest boozer.
Local rugby clubs
Arguably 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 who will all 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.
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
When it's all happening:
Saturday Feb 11
2:25 Italy v Ireland
4:50 Wales v England
Sunday Feb 12
3:00 France v Scotland
Saturday Feb 25
2:25 Scotland v Wales
4:50 Ireland v France
Sunday Feb 26
3:00 England v Italy
Friday March 10
8:00 Wales v Ireland
Saturday March 11
1:30 Italy v France
4:00 England v Scotland
Saturday March 18
12:30 Scotland v Italy
2:45 France v Wales
5:00 Ireland v England