Football teams supported by Six Nations rugby players
With the prospect of warmer weather on the horizon (yeah, right), many sports fans around the world are dusting off the cobwebs and starting to get excited about things other than soccer.
In the case of February, it’s a time when rugby fans get together, sing loudly and sing proudly in anticipation of the Six Nations.
Unlike football, fans in England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy unite for their love of the game, but there is no escape that the Rugby supporters – and players – also love their football clubs, contrary to popular belief.
Here’s who some of the stars of European rugby are supporting …
The English half-butterfly has been a crucial part of the national camp since 2014, totaling more than 70 caps.
But he also enjoys watching the Blues who lived in the area in his youth, revealing in an interview (via chelseafc.com): “I’ve always loved players like John Terry and Frank Lampard, so from there I just wanted Chelsea to win and I haven’t changed since. “
Another settled England star, Maro Itoje is another who appreciates football as much as rugby.
Itoje, who also played for the Lions, is an Arsenal fan and even trained at the Gunners’ facility in the summer of 2019, telling Sky Sports: “I’m an Arsenal fan, so this is was great to have had the opportunity to go. there and train in my offseason.
“They have been very nice to me in allowing me to use their facilities so I am very grateful. They were very accommodating. Who knows, I hope I will go back there some summer. ”
Thomas Partey alongside Itoje in midfield? Talk about power.
Now it’s a photo.
Curry grew up in Hounslow but, along with his twin Ben, sided with Manchester City as a football club to support.
Both are heavily involved in organizing England, but only Tom made the cut for this year’s Six Nations… clumsy.
The Saracens and England legend seems to be more a fan of Roger Federer and safaris than any football team.
But the two-time Lions man has a soft spot for Manchester United and obviously put the same spell on his son, placing him in the Red Devils gang above.
The prolific points-scorer is considered a legend in Wales, having received more than 80 caps for the national team but has chosen not to support a home side.
The half-ball recently revealed to Wales Online how he fared through the first domestic lockdown: “I really love watching the Premier League years since the early 2000s.
“This is often happening on my TV right now! I’m a huge Manchester United fan so I’ve had some tough years to endure lately, but they look like they’re back. ”
Hallam Amos, a mainstay on the Welsh side, grew up in the countryside of Wales, attending a very rugby-oriented school, so you would be forgiven for thinking that there is no way he likes football.
But in the end, Amos old has a soft spot for sports.
While he probably doesn’t see them much, the full-back loves Barcelona – and he’s certainly visited the club’s shop.
A true legend in the world of rugby.
But Johnny Sexton’s first love was, in fact, football. The Irish international is a big fan of the Red Devils and, in an interview with Rugby Wold magazine (via Sports Joe), listed his three favorite United players as Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and Roy Keane.
After Leinster’s remarkable comeback in the 2011 European Cup final against Northampton, Sexton compared him to Liverpool’s famous 2005 Champions League return against AC Milan, which prompted many to mark him as a fan. from Liverpool.
Speaking to Irish Examiner, the half-fly said: “I have a lot of friends at Man United who have texted me, insulting me. I did something with John O’Shea last week and he thought I was a Liverpool fan. For him to think it killed me.
Not getting John O’Shea’s approval – a horror story for any United fan.
The French international star has already been selected more than 50 times for his country and seems likely to make himself a legend for the Blues and the Parisian team of Stade Français.
Although he doesn’t appear to associate with any football team, the center is clearly a fan of Kylian Mbappe and in 2018 praised the Paris Saint-Germain forward on his fourth place at the Ballon d’Or.