Mar 6, 2013

Combine Your Love for Rugby and Travel with Rugby Tours

If you love to travel and also have a passion for the sport of rugby, then taking part in a top rugby tour is an option worth considering. Furthermore, there are numerous tours to choose from whether you prefer to follow the British Lions or one of the home nations in the Six Nation Championship.
Lions Tours
The last Lions tour that took place in South Africa was literally a roaring success on all fronts. The team itself surpassed all expectations, just missing out on a series win in injury time of the second test match, while the matches were attended by record numbers, many of whom had travelled all the way from the British Isles. The tour included stops in great cities such as Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban all locations worth exploring with or without the rugby.

Following the success of the South African tour, the Lions tour of 2013 that is set to take place in Australia is already causing much excitement in the rugby world. This will in fact be the 125th anniversary tour for the Lions. The tests are set to be played in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth respectively while the tour will actually be kicked off with an historic opener against the Barbarians, which is due to played in Hong Kong. Naturally, the players from the home nations will hope to be involved in the tour, so they will be certain to aim at impressing the Lions manager Warren Gatland in this season's
RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Six Nations Tours
Since the year 2000, the home nations championship has become that more interesting at least in terms of the travel opportunities due to the fact that the nascent Italian national team were added to the tournament. That means, of course, that an RBS 6 Nations Championship tour will include not only the option of visiting Paris, but also one of the most famous and historically fascinating cities in the world - Rome.

What is more, the Italians are actually starting to get quite good, with a recent impressive win over the French; a side who were widely fancied to end up as champions in the 2013 Championship. However, with a Six Nations tour, you don't necessarily have to travel too far overseas as cities such as London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin are all cities that have just as much to offer as their continental counterparts and have some of the most enthusiastic rugby fans around.

What you get with an Official Tour
While you can always choose to plan your own travel, going through a specialist sports tour agency has many advantages. Firstly, you are guaranteed to get first class match tickets. Secondly, the tours will include stays in all the best hotels and finally, most tours will include famous tour guides who will have plenty of great sporting stories to tell.

Simon Williams writes about sports tours for a wide range of related blogs and websites. While his sporting interests are varied, his main passion remains that of rugby and he attended both the Lions tours of South Africa and the 2001 tour of Australia, in addition to attending most of the RBS 6 Nations matches over the past couple of decades. 

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