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Scottish eyes are smiling for a change. The Men’s and Women’s sides achieved rare, double Six Nations victories on the weekend as both teams beat Wales. The Men had an easy time downing the Welsh 29-13 and moved up the fifth place in World Rugby standings, their highest placement in many years. It was Scotland's first victory at home in Murrayfield in ten-years.
The Women won their first Six Nations’ match since 2010 after years of frustration of finishing on the bottom of the league. They beat Wales Women 15-14 at the death. Wales led 14-0 in the first half.
In other Six Nation contests, England’s Women and Men defeated Italy. The Men’s XV won 36-15 in a close contest where Italy, exploiting a loophole in the laws, did not use men in the ruck, slotting players to expand the defense after England secured the ball. This tactic has already stirred the international commentary pot, and will be much discussed this season.
For the Men's Red Roses, this marked their 17th straight victory, one shy of the All Blacks’ record of 18. The Women, ranked second in the world, beat a determined Italian side 29-15.
Ireland also secured a double Six Nations' win for both fifteens. The Men beat France 19-9, repeating their Rugby World Cup pool win over Les Bleus. Irish Women won their third in a row, narrowly beating Les Bleues 13-10. These nations are in the same pool in the upcoming August Women's RWC to be held in Ireland.
England’s win streak will meet a resurgent, “can do” Scottish side March 11 in the venerated Calcutta Cup at Twickenham. The Scots have not won at that English stadium since 1983. Rarely have excitement and rugby interest risen so high in the UK as the fans’ expectations of this classic, England versus Scotland match.