Sam Heughan sets Six Nations bet against Outlander co-star

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The Natwest Six Nations 2018 will see Scotland play Ireland at Ireland’s home this weekend, as Sam Heughan has encouraged a bet with Outlander co-star Caitriona Balfe.

If you didn’t know already, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are major rugby fans (and I wholly support their sporting choices). It just so happens the Natwest Six Nations are going on and it will be an Ireland vs. Scotland game at Ireland’s homeground this weekend. Of course, that means a wager must be made.

Balfe supports her Irish roots, while Heughan stands behind the Scots, which definitely makes the Six Nations interesting for the Outlander stars. To add to that, Sophie Skelton, who plays the two’s daughter on the series, supports England. There’s a huge rivalry between the three sides, especially this year.

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This weekend, Heughan decided to encourage Balfe to bet on the game and the winnings will go to a good cause. He wants to bet £100 (about $140) and whoever loses will give that money to a charity of their choice. The only stipulation is that it goes to an Irish or Scottish charity, which is fair enough considering it’s and Ireland vs. Scotland game.

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Oh, and Heughan also wants a Guinness.

At the time of writing this, Balfe is yet to respond. It’s very unlikely that she’ll say no, especially with the taunting she did after Ireland moved to the top of the Six Nations 2018 table.

Other cast members haven’t responded yet either, but the fans are watching closely. This will certainly make it an interesting game, regardless of the team you’re backing.

It is already a nail-biting game, with pressure on both Scotland and Ireland. An Ireland victory with bonus point could mean securing the Six Nations championship with still one game to go. England would need to win with a bonus point to remain with a chance in the final game.  Scotland will definitely want to stop Ireland getting the win and Ireland’s Grand Slam chances.

Scotland winning would also put pressure on England. If England loses their game against France, Scotland would move to second place in the table. All Six Nations fans know that is not usual at all. Most years, Scotland are seeing battling it out with Italy to avoid the Wooden Spoon.

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Ireland vs. Scotland takes place on Mar. 10 at the Aviva Stadium at 14:15 local time.

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