01 August 2014
Whilst England’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup may have fallen flat under a cloud of controversy, the country will be playing host to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in September and October. With Stuart Lancaster building a squad that look like genuine contenders to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for the first time since that famous night in Sydney in 2003, the event is sure to capture the imagination of the public.
Although the South and Home Counties may be the traditional hotbed for rugby union in England; with St James’ Park, Manchester City Stadium and Elland Road all set to host fixtures throughout the tournament, as well more traditional grounds such as Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium, Kingsholm and Sandy Park, there will be opportunity for all to enjoy the world’s best players do battle for the ultimate prize.
Unlike the football World Cup, the rugby world’s showpiece event takes place during the regular season and, whilst this may cause numerous problems for teams competing in the domestic leagues across Europe, it does open up a unique opportunity for those who enjoy the game on a slightly more casual, albeit still competitive basis. Enter Tours 4 Sport. With years of experience in organising school and club rugby trips, both in the UK and abroad, we are delighted to offer the exciting opportunity to combine a UK tour with watching a World Cup fixture.
Twickenham and the Manchester City Stadium will be the host grounds as England look to negotiate their way through a tricky group that also features Australia and Wales, whilst current holders New Zealand will be playing across the UK with games at the Millennium Stadium, the Olympic Stadium and St James’ Park, as well as a rather tasty looking encounter with Argentina at Wembley. Meanwhile, with South Africa playing in Brighton, and Scotland visiting both Elland Road and Kingsholm, whether you’re looking for home interest or international legends, there are great opportunities all over the country to see the action.
A typical weekend tour can you see you depart on a Friday afternoon and be in the hotel by early evening, to enjoy some live Rugby on TV. A fixture against local opposition on Saturday morning can be the perfect warm-up to attending a RWC game in the afternoon, before some evening entertainment. Depending on your preference, another fixture can be arranged for Sunday morning before either enjoying some of the local sights and another evening away or heading for home. Longer tours offer up the opportunity to spread your time across several cities, include some professional coaching and take in a stadium tour.
Host cities, such as Cardiff, offer the perfect combination of a deep rugby tradition, some high profile RWC fixtures and a diverse range of activities to ensure you get the most from your weekend away.
With expertise in organising local fixtures, accommodation and transfers as well being able to assist with World Cup tickets the hardest decision will be where to visit.
This option will be incredibly popular, so we do recommend that you contact us as soon as possible, to find out how your players can experience the Rugby World Cup first-hand.
Posted by Tours 4 Sport on 01 August 2014