Women Six Nations A Special Experience

Ireland v England W6N Interviews

For the majority of North Americans, the closest they’ll come to a Women’s Six Nation game is through FloRugby’s live-stream; a handful perhaps will have the opportunity to see one of the 15 matches in person. 


By Jackie Finlan


But Tina Aprahamian will do them one better. The Tucson, Ariz., native is currently living and playing in Dublin, and experienced an England vs. Ireland showdown firsthand.


Watch Round 2 of the Women's Six Nations LIVE on FloRugby
DateMatchupTimeLinkViewing Area
Feb-8Ireland at Scotland1:35PM CT / 7:35PM GMTWatch LiveUSA, Middle East, North Africa, Portugal
Feb-9Wales at Italy1PM CT / 7PM GMTWatch LiveUSA, Middle East, North Africa, Portugal
Feb-10France at England6:45AM CT / 12:45PM GMTWatch LiveUSA, Middle East, North Africa, Portugal


Aprahamian picked up the game at the University of Arizona and transitioned into senior club ball with Old Pueblo Lightning. In 2018, the 15s scrumhalf relocated to Little Rock, AR, for a summer residency with the American Rugby Pro Training Center. There, Aprahamian lived and trained in a full-time, high-performance sevens environment, and also received guidance for additional opportunities. 

Updated Women Six Nations Standings

She followed ARPTC coach Mere Baker to Beantown for the 2018 Women’s Premier League season, and then moved to Ireland to boot up with the Suttonians RFC.

“The culture for rugby In Ireland is unlike anything we see in the U.S. and in many ways I imagine it is unique to Ireland itself,” Aprahamian reflected. “Energia Park [Donnybrook Stadium] was fuller than I had seen it in previous games and the crowd was absolutely involved throughout its entirety.”

Women Six Nations Round 1 Highlights

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The England-Ireland rivalry is special and has a long history, and so Aprahamian wasn’t surprised to see the crowd so engaged, even as the Red Roses pulled away in the second half for a 51-7 victory. 

“Majority of the people there, I felt had some connection to the team. They knew the girls well and have seemingly been longtime supporters,” Aprahamian continued. “The crowd was a mix of men and women but with a high volume of children. Pulling in support and getting the seats filled is of course a priority for any sport, but I believe local schools and rugby programs give out tickets to keep the crowd numbers high.”

Aprahamian attended the game with Suttonians teammates, and joined more than 4,600 Donnybrook spectators – a record for a stand-alone women’s fixture in Ireland, and impressive considering the game kicked off at 5 pm on a Friday.

“The girls seemingly knew people on the field and a few on my squad have played for Ireland in the past while some are expected to play in the future,” Aprahamian explained. “It appears as if the Irish team is developing players and looking for longevity as opposed to throwing out the best 15 in the country. I’ve always found that interesting, how girls get chosen to play. Political in some ways but in others, I believe it comes down to connections. Who you know and if they’ll push you through.”

Watch The Women's Six Nations Live

Ireland has only one more fixture at home—March 9 against France—and this Friday heads to Scotland in search of its first win. For the rest of the Women’s Six Nations fans pining away across the Atlantic, tune into FloRugby for live coverage of Round 2, which pits Wales against Italy, and England against France.

West Coast 7s Day 1 Schedule

Watch both days of the West Coast 7s, Oct. 19 & 20, right here on FloRugby!

Pivotal Weekend For WPL Playoff Hopefuls

null

Following a week off, WPL teams should be fresh and ready to get down to business this weekend in the penultimate round of the campaign.

Evolving USA Rugby Part 2: Coaches, Stay Coachable

The growth of rugby in America relies not only on the improvement of the players, but also that of the coaches. 

Irishmen Primed For All Blacks Battle

Joe Schmidt has named a starting side that includes eight players from Leinster for Saturday's quarterfinal showdown with New Zealand. 

Youngster Jordan Petaia Scores Huge Start

Michael Cheika has picked his side for Saturday's huge quarterfinal clash with England at Oita Stadium, and among his starters is 19-year-old center Jordan Petaia.

Surprise Move: Ford Out, Slade In For England

Coach Eddie Jones has surprised many by moving flyhalf George Ford to the bench for England's quarterfinal bout with Australia.

Evolving USA Rugby Part 1: Build The Youth

It didn't take a genius to watch any of the USA's four World Cup matches and observe that the other teams are more experienced than we are. 

Evolving USA Rugby: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sunday's 31-19 loss to Tonga in the final game of pool play means that the USA will have to wait another four years for a shot at a World Cup victory.

Age-Old Rivalry Reignited This Weekend

Australian coaches Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika will renew a rivalry stretching back more than 30 years when Jones's England face the Wallabies in Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal in Oita, Japan.

8 X-Factors For This Weekend's Quarterfinals

Eight stand-out players from the Rugby World Cup quarter-finalists, ahead of this weekend's games: