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On reflection, the Six Nations is arguably one of the most passionate sporting events played across the globe. 

Every February, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy all contest for the Six Nations crown, but perhaps the most poignant feature of the tournament is the delivery of the national anthems beforehand. 

Similar to other sports but certainly not as fanatical as ruby union, the national anthems provide a jubilant atmosphere as it serves to lift the fans and players before the first whistle. 

Here, we take a look through each nation’s anthem ahead of the Six Nations opener on February 1st, with Betfair providing over ten markets to punt on. 

England – God Save the Queen

Although the exact origin still remains unknown, composer John Bull is thought to have written ‘God Save the Queen’ in 1619. It’s also the national anthem of New Zealand and Bermuda but will always be renowned as the United Kingdom’s. 

God save our gracious Queen!

Long live our noble Queen!

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious

Happy and glorious

Long to reign over us

God save the Queen!

Ireland

The current Six Nations holders can not only boast a world class squad, they can provide two anthems as well. The traditional version is called A Soldier’s Song and dates back to 1910, although it wasn’t until 1926 it became the national anthem. 

Soldiers are we,

whose lives are pledged to Ireland,

Some have come

from a land beyond the wave,

Sworn to be free,

no more our ancient sireland,

Shall shelter the despot or the slave.

Tonight we man the gap of danger,

In Erin’s cause, come woe or weal,

’Mid cannon’s roar and rifles’ peal,

We’ll chant a soldier’s song 

The second anthem is in Gaelic, and is called ‘Ireland’s Call’ which was written with the ideology of recognising a fractured Ireland. It was first used for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. 

Come the day and come the hour,

Come the power and the glory!

We have come to answer our country’s call,

From the four proud provinces of Ireland

Ireland, Ireland,

Together standing tall!

Shoulder to shoulder,

We’ll answer Ireland’s call!

Scotland – Flower of Scotland

Although this isn’t the official national anthem, Flower of Scotland has been used at a variety of sporting events including rugby union. Roy Williamson from the group the Corries penned the lyrics, in reference to the Scots victory over Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. 

O Flower of Scotland,

When will we see

Your like again,

That fought and died for,

Your wee bit hill and glen,

And stood against him,

Proud Edward’s army,

And sent him homeward,

To think again.

Those days are past now,

And in the past

they must remain,

But we can still rise now,

And be the nation again,

That stood against him,

Proud Edward’s army,

And sent him homeward,

To think again.

Wales – Land of my Fathers

The Welsh are arguably the most passionate fans when it comes to rugby, and their national anthem will be sure to give you goose bumps when sung in full voice. It originates from Evan James and the tune is composed by his son James James. It was first sung at a rugby match in 1905, some 114 years ago. 

The old land of my fathers is dear to me,

Land of bards and singers, famous men of renown;

Her brave warriors, very splendid patriots,

For freedom shed their blood.

Nation [or country], Nation, I am faithful to my Nation.

While the sea [is] a wall to the pure, most loved land,

O may the old language endure. 

Italy – Brothers of Italy

Written in 1847 by student Goffredo Mameli, Brothers of Italy has been the national anthem since 1946 when Italy became a republic after World War Two. The Six Nations whipping boys did have various other anthems throughout the 18th century but Brothers of Italy has always remained popular. 

Brothers of Italy,

Italy has woken,

Bound Scipio’s helmet

Upon her head.

Where is Victory?

Let her bow down,

For God created her

Slave of Rome.

CHORUS

Let us join in a cohort,

We are ready to die.

We are ready to die,

Italy has called.

Let us join in a cohort,

We are ready to die.

We are ready to die,

Italy has called! Yes!

France – La Marseillaise

Penned in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, La Marseillaise was quickly adopted by French revolutionists and became the national anthem three years later. The song acquired its nickname quite simply as protesters would travel from Marseille to Paris to support the revolution. 

Arise, children of the Fatherland,

The day of glory has arrived!

Against us tyranny’s

Bloody banner is raised, (repeat)

Do you hear, in the countryside,

The roar of those ferocious soldiers?

They’re coming right into your arms

To cut the throats of your sons, your women!

To arms, citizens,

Form your battalions,

Let’s march, let’s march!

Lest an impure blood

Soak our fields!

Form is everything in horse racing, or so we are told. It is, of course, the first thing any punter looks at when picking a runner. However, there are many instances when a major festival is the arena for rediscovering that form – a shot at redemption. The winter national hunt schedule threw up some interesting winners who will surely march on to Cheltenham as big favourites. However, there were a few head-scratching moments from big names, some of whom certainly have the class to bounce back at the Festival (12th – 15th March). Here are five to keep in mind: 

Might Bite: 

To say Nicky Henderson’s 9-year-old had a poor winter is an understatement. Last place in the Betfair Chase was put down to early season rust, but a 7th place when trying to retain the King George VI Chase really rattled the betting markets. Might Bite is now 16/1 for the Gold Cup with Betfair – four times his SP when he finished runner up last year. The question is whether he had a bad couple of races or if there is a permanent decline? 16/1 is enough to take a chance on the former for what is undoubtedly a Gold Cup-winning worthy horse. 

Faugheen:

It’s really difficult to know what to think about Faugheen over the last couple of years. He disappoints, then does just enough for punters to think he could get back to the top of his game again. William Hill’s favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle is Penhill at 7/1 (some bookies have opted for Apple’s Jade). But it’s still worth remembering that Faugheen, currently available at 12/1, whipped Penhill in the Irish Stayers’ Hurdle just last April. It’s a conundrum, but right now you can catch special Cheltenham betting offers, like free bets, and Faugheen might just be the perfect type to use one on. 

Annamix:

If you checked the Cheltenham ante post betting just a month ago, Annamix was the favourite for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. In a way, it was a bit strange, because the five-year-old had never run a competitive race in the UK or Ireland (a sole run in France yielded a second-place finish). However, Willie Mullins and owners the Ricci Family know a superstar when they see one, so not many eyebrows were raised. A second-place finish in Limerick came on his debut, with Annamix looking a little clumsy and unsure. 20/1 is offered from Paddy Power right now. You are going to the reputation of the trainer and owners, but they have delivered time and time again in the past. 

Kalashnikov:

Kalashnikov isn’t the perfect horse, but the five-year-old is ultra-consistent (six wins and three seconds from nine starts) in his short career. Switching to chasing in this winter hasn’t been bad, with two wins from three, yet there was disappointment when finishing runner up to Dynamite Dollars in the Wayward Lad Novices Chase last month. Kalashnikov is available at 7/1 for the Arkle with Betfair, whereas Dynamite Dollars and Lalor are at 15/2 and 5/1 respectively. It could be a cracking race, one where Kalashnikov could reassert his brilliance. 

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Footpad:

Footpad had a fairly terrible winter, falling in one race and failing to beat Simply Ned in another. However, only Altior had a higher rating as a chaser from Timeform over the last year. The problem, of course, is that he might face the impeccable Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Altior is given 1/2 odds, with Footpad at 9/1 (Betfair) and it’s hard to see anyone get close to Henderson’s super horse. However, if Footpad goes in any other race – Betway offers 8/1 for the Ryanair Chase – Footpad is worth a punt.  

Even as the sun beats down quite generously over most of the regions, the athletes and the sports enthusiasts haven’t given up. And as the devotion towards achieving a fitter body increases within the non-sédentaires, scientists who are responsible for designing and manufacturing modern sportswear are fast at work to reduce the load on their users and make the sports apparels as user-friendly as possible. Well, the fact that it now requires ‘scientists and engineers’ to put in their expertise in developing sportswear is a bewildering thought in itself. We try to list down some performance enhancing sportswear which should be on your to-buy list:

  • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

If you are fond of jogging, then the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 will be the best friend to your feet. It has been ranked number one among the latest range of Nike running shoes and rightly so, as the Pegasus 33 brings comfort, durability and affordability right at the tip of your toes. Several runners have chosen this model for high mileage runs since the breathability is top notch. And if you belong to the category of people who wish to have performance packed with good looks, then the Pegasus 33 range should not disappoint you. There are at least 12 colors to choose from! Lastly, you do not have to worry about the price tag anymore. You can simply use Jacamo discount codes to get striking offers on selected purchases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you like football? Do you know how much money top footballers earn? Here you’ll learn about top 10 players and find out who is the richest among them.

In our time footballers have become richest people in the World. Their wealth is measured in tens millions euros. They earn not only on their football career. Most of them have a successful business.

However, not only the players can make money on football. Fans also can do it. Many of them bet on football matches and earn real money. You need just to understand football to do it.

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In today’s world of sports, it is no secret that performance enhancing drugs, are pretty common. Despite the fact that in most sporting committees, there are drug tests, people always find ways to avoid getting caught. Some people get steroids illegally via the black market or legally where they buy at SteroidsFax.com

It’s not a very widely spread topic, so let’s see what’s really going on in sports today with these 5 facts.
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It’s here. IT’S FINALLY HERE!!! The 2016 NFL season kicks off Thursday night with a Superbowl rematch. The Carolina Panthers will make their way to Denver to take on the defending Superbowl champion Broncos. Now we can all stop scratching our faces like a feening meth addict, and finally place some bets on football that counts.
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5 characters no one's ever heard of and that chick everyone dressed up as for Halloween.

5 characters no one’s ever heard of and that chick everyone dresses up as for Halloween.

 

Fresh off the heels of the somehow successful “Batman V Superman”, DC continues to expand it’s cinematic universe with a movie about a bunch of characters that even a hardcore comic book fan such as myself is not even entirely sure he’s ever heard of. “Suicide Squad” is a movie, and that might be the best statement I can make about it.  OK, that’s a lie.  It certainly wasn’t bad, in fact it came close to being good. Unfortunately too much Jared Leto and a villain that made no freaking sense ruins everything.

 

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By Caroline (@CultureCovC)

I would like to thank Total Sports Blog for publishing this article on their site. I’ve found them to be a great resource for sports and I would specifically recommend their take on the chances the New York Jets have to win Super Bowl LI.

Smartphone apps make it easier than ever to follow the world of sports on the go. The only tricky part about this is knowing which apps are the best, so if you are truly a sports fanatic, then you should download the following apps:

The ESPN App
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I think I was a Met.

Who the f*ck is this guy?

 

While he’s done plenty of good things for this franchise, Sandy Alderson seems to go out of his way to make one or two bizarre moves each offseason. These moves are usually for a player that in theory could be useful but they ultimately turn out to be a huge waste of time and end up getting designated for assignment (DFA!) and then released.  Now in his sixth year let us go through the worst of the worst.

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Not Sure What We’re Fighting For But Let’s Do It!

 

If you needed a comic book movie that would wash the taste of “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Whatever” out of your mouth (Even though it really wasn’t that bad but it still should have made you sad for the future of humanity) then watching “Captain America: Civil War” is everything you could have asked for.  And I have to say, that upon a first viewing this may have been the best comic book movie ever.  How is that possible? Well, it’s been three days since I watched it and still can’t think of anything that’s wrong with it so holy crap guys this might be it.

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