As the rugby union season heads towards Christmas, fans of the game always begin to turn their thoughts to the Six Nations. This year could be the year to take the plunge. Why not book a place on one of those rugby tour packages that you’ve always fancied.
Combining travel with watching sport is a super way of enjoying leisure time and the Six Nations Championship is one of the great sporting events. This tournament brings England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales into direct competition, renewing the ancient rivalries between Celt and Saxon. With France and Italy also in the mix, the passion and intensity of the competition never slackens.
The tournament also affords fans the chance to visit some of Europe’s really top cities for culture and socialising. Cities such as Dublin and Edinburgh offer a warm Celtic welcome, whilst also guaranteeing that the opposition players will be made to feel as though they are playing against the entire stadium, even the entire country. Six Nations 2013 tickets for these venues are always eagerly sought after.
There are some especially mouth-watering trips in store this year for Welsh fans. Their team will play at the Stadio Olimpico, the new home of Italian rugby union, for the first time ever. Visiting the iconic stadium, also home to soccer giants, AS Roma and Lazio, will surely be a highlight of a trip to a city where temperatures can feel decidedly warmer than at home in late winter and spring. Six Nations 2013 tickets are sure to be in high demand again.
A fortnight before the Welsh travel to Italy though, they face what has always been traditionally a more daunting European adventure for the Home Nations. Victories in Paris have always been hard to come by, whether at the old Parc des Princes or nowadays at the Stade de France. The quality of the rugby on offer is always complemented by what France’s capital can offer in the way of other things to do. Whether you are interested in art, history, shopping or great gastronomy away from the rugby pitch, you can find it all in Paris.
When one of the Celtic countries plays the English, the air always crackles with excitement. The spirits of ancient warriors are summoned on the field, whilst in the stands the supporters recall old rivalries and make the atmosphere one of intense hostility to the men in white. A real humdinger will take place in Dublin this year between England and Ireland.
The Irish and the English are both teams in transitional periods, rebuilding their squads as they look to the next World Cup in 2015. That should make the game interesting and will mean that all the players will be looking to make an impression in such a high profile and passionate clash. Whilst the welcome in Dublin is never warm on the pitch, off the field the ‘craic’ is often mighty and there are sure to be some super nights out in the city.
If you are a rugby fan, make sure that your ticket to these marvellous matches is booked soon. Get yourself on a tour package and enjoy some great travel as well as top rugby action.
Gerard Hodgekins was born in Wales in the 1960s and grew up watching the great Welsh rugby union sides of the 1970s. His love for rugby has remained intact throughout his life, even when working in far flung corners of the world during his career in the travel industry. He now shares his expertise with a number of blogs and websites across the internet, including http://www.gulliverstravel.co.uk/rugby/rbs-6-nations.