It could be said that some of best rugby in the world is played within the United Kingdom, with England, Scotland and Wales making up three of the six countries competing in the annual Six Nations Championship. With a huge following there is no shortage of clubs willing to host your team in cities such as London, Cardiff, and Edinburgh. Participate in a Premiership Rugby Academy training clinic with UK’s top players and coaches. When you are not competing, enjoy the iconic sites such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Edinburgh Castle. You may also like to include a stop at the town of Rugby, where the earliest form of the sport was accidently invented! See the historic Rugby School’s hallowed turf and visit the Webb Ellis Museum and the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
Home of the internationally dominating All Blacks, Rugby is the unofficial national sport of New Zealand. Growing up with rugby as a part of their culture, our Kiwi neighbours are proud and passionate athletes and you have the chance to compete against local high school and club teams across the North and South Islands. Visit the New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North to see rare rugby artefacts and test your skills of tackling, sprinting, jumping, kicking and pushing in a scrum. Outside of rugby, enjoy adventure capital Queenstown with activities such as luging, jet boating, bungee jumping and scenic hikes. Experience Maori culture with a traditional performance and hangi feast, and relax in the natural hot springs of Rotorua. The Lord of the Rings fans will enjoy a visit to the popular Hobbiton set.
The Springboks Rugby World Cup victory in 1995 catapulted rugby to new heights on the South African sport scene. Match up against some of South Africa’s best high school and club teams in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and tour the Newlands Rugby Stadium, home of the Stormers Super 15 side. Spot wildlife on a game drive through Pilanesburg National Park and learn about the countries turbulent social and political history at the Apartheid Museum. A visit to World heritage listed Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell will be an eye-opening experience for young athletes.
France has a strong history of successful professional rugby teams, competing in the annual six nations tournament, and narrowly missing out on World Cup victories 3 times. Loyal fans play themselves in huge numbers, with Rubgy being one of the French’s favourite sports. Join a club such as Racing 92 in Paris for a training clinic and cheer from the sidelines at a Fédérale 1 or Férdérale 2 match. Your tour will include visits to the most popular attractions in the world including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. Take excursions from Paris to visit the opulent Palace of Versailles or Disneyland. Combining your Rugby tour with a visit to the Western Front is highly recommended, in pursuit of exploring and understanding ANZAC history.
With the rapid rise of the National team Los Pumas, who will be competing in the 4 nations in 2018, Rugby in Argentina has grown steadily in popularity in recent years. Your team will take in the colourful capital Buenos Aires, which boasts more that eighty rugby clubs. Attend a Zona Campeonato match and play against competitive local teams. You may even have the chance to participate in an outreach program, sharing your sports skills with local children from a disadvantaged community. Enjoy a day trip to the Tigre Delta and sample traditional Asado – a real treat for meat-lovers!
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