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England fans head to Scotland for opening clash

03 February 2012

  • Fans travel to Edinburgh for England's opening 2012 RBS 6 Nations clash
  • Supporters looking forward to a 'heart in the mouth' experience
Fans show their support for England

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Hoards of fans will head north to Edinburgh this weekend to support England in their opening 2012 RBS 6 Nations fixture against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Among them will be Darren Wilkes, already a veteran of England games in Paris and Dublin, who took the last minute decision make the long journey north with England’s official travel company and is relishing a ‘heart in the mouth’ experience at Murrayfield.

"I have been to a few games in Dublin and Paris but I have never been to one in Scotland and it’s all about a new experience and doing something new," he said.

"It’s also the first game [with Stuart Lancaster in charge], the England team will be new and the RBS 6 Nations Championship is a great leveller so I am really looking forward to it – I am sure it will be a heart in the mouth weekend."

Hundreds of England fans are preparing to journey north for the opening game of the 2012 tournament and Darren will arrive on Saturday morning.

"The thing that sticks out for me is being around England fans in the stadium, the national anthem is always sung that little bit louder and England fans stick together," he added.

"I think there is always that respect between the teams and as I have never seen England win away I am looking forward to the weekend."

Darren, an England Rugby Supporters’ Club member and Harlequins fan, is also relishing the opportunity to see his club skipper Chris Robshaw captain England for the first time.

His experiences using England Rugby Travel for previous matches mean he is relaxed about his trip to Edinburgh.

“The fact tickets are guaranteed to be official has a lot to do with it – there is no point taking a chance travelling that far to be let down," he said.

"It is also very well organised and creates more camaraderie because you are together with other England fans around the hotel – I am really looking forward to the weekend.”

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