2010年 3月 3日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间15:42

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第21周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 3rd March 2010 - Six Nations Rugby

It's my favourite time of year. The football season is heating up, the weather should be too and the Six Nations comes along to drag us out of the winter months and lift up our spirits. The Six Nations is a rugby tournament played from February onwards between England, Ireland, France, Scotland, Wales and Italy. Two weeks ago, my friend Damian and I had the good fortune of getting tickets to see Ireland play France in Paris.

The two teams and the brass band on the pitch before the rugby game

The brass band encourages the rival teams with music at the beginning of the game

There's something really special about the tournament. The banter and camaraderie between fans of rival teams is unique. There's nothing quite like the opportunity to follow your country overseas and belt out the national anthem as your countrymen take to the field. It's an immensely physical game, and the fan's role shouldn't be underestimated. If the crowd can get behind your team, it's a good start.

It was bitterly cold in Paris that day and fans of all shapes and sizes were hopping up and down just to keep warm. The French fans were fantastic. Just to our right sat a brass band and every time the Irish crowd tried to get behind their team, 'La Marseillaise' (the French national anthem) came booming back at us twice as loud, drowning us out.

The rugby stadium, Paris

The stadium was packed with fans from Ireland and France

2009 was an unforgettable year for Irish rugby. We are the current grand slam champions. My home province Leinster also won the European Cup for the first time. So, after beating Italy in Dublin the previous week, we came into this game with high hopes. Sadly, we never really got into the game. We had a couple of unlucky breaks along the way but we were thoroughly outmuscled, outpaced and in the end beaten 33 – 10.

We only had a couple of hours in Paris after the match to lick our wounds before returning to London. Paris is everything people tell you it is: it's beautiful. There's a French casualness that is infectious. Parisians seem to be too relaxed to worry about the small things and they enjoy life too much to get stressed. I had reasonably good French throughout school but every time I opened my mouth to chat to the locals, all that came out was 普通话. The look of confusion on their faces was priceless.

Fortunately, after this game, Ireland played England in Twickenham, London. This stadium, known as 'the home of English rugby', recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. In a tight match Ireland eventually came out on top by four points. France are favourites to win the tournament overall but this victory went a long way towards getting Ireland back on track. It is still all to play for.

rugby tournament 橄榄球赛, banter 朋友间的惬意谈笑, camaraderie(球迷之间的)友谊, belt out 一起唱歌或呼喊, national anthem 国歌, take to the field 进入赛场, hopping up and down 上窜下跳, brass band 管弦乐队, booming 隆隆高奏的乐声, grand slam 大满冠, unlucky breaks 不走运, outmuscled 体力不敌对方, outpaced 速度赶不上对方, lick our wounds 恢复伤痛, casualness 松懈自在, priceless 无价的,花多少钱都卖不到的, came out on top 最终跃入前列, all to play for 胜负有待争取

Emmet says the rugby drags him out of the winter months. He means that it distracts him from the cold and dark days of winter and makes him feel better. He also says that it lifts up his spirits. If something lifts up your spirits it means it makes you feel happier. E.g. "I love going to the cinema, it really lifts up my spirits" or: "I go to visit my grandma every Friday to lift up her spirits; she

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