A new year and a new touring season for clubs thinking of embarking on their mid or end of season tour.  Here at Irish Rugby Tours we acknowledge that clubs, schools and college/universities will be all on hold until the present situation ceases.

Bearing that in mind we have put together a selection of five coastal rugby touring cities.  Could one of these cities turn into a tour of a lifetime?

1. CAPE TOWN – The Mother City

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Based on the Western Cape of South Africa lies Cape Town.  It is the second-most populous city in South Africa, after Johannesburg and also the legislative capital of South Africa.  Colloquially named the Mother City, it is the largest city of the Western Cape province.

You may ask yourself why is it named so?  The reason is, Cape Town is the original city of South Africa.  It was established in 1652 as a refuelling station for ships bounds for the East (the Spice Route).

Cape town offers you the chance to explore and lose yourself from Nelson Mandela‘s prison cell on Robben Island to the top of Lions Head where the views are stunning and the sunsets are phenomenal for both locals and visitors.

As Rugby is concerned there is no shortage of clubs and schools to accommodate you with post match afterwards.  Get to know your hosts around the Braai with the meat cooking enjoying a cold beer or just a soft drink.

2. AUCKLAND – City of Sails

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Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and contains the country’s busiest international airport.  It’s not the capital city though (that’s Wellington). Located towards the top of the North Island, Auckland is a convenient jumping-off point for travels around the North Island.

More than this, however, Auckland is a lively and naturally beautiful city that offers plenty of attractions for any kind of traveler.  If you’re into good food and buzzing nightlife, you’ll find it here.  Alternatively, if you prefer the outdoors, you can swim in the sea, hike, sail, and more in Auckland.

Maori culture is very important to the country’s history and the people are very proud of it.  Cultural evenings are are great way of learning how the Maori’s have adapted to the new world and at the same time keeping their heritage alive for others to learn their history.

As New Zealand is the #1 Rugby playing country in the world there are plenty of challengers just waiting to show you why, from clubs and the high schools, no match will be soft.  Of course you have the opportunity just before kick off to accept a Haka as your opponents challenge you.

3. SYDNEY – The Harbour City

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Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design.

Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby.   If you fancy climbing Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, this offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.

With the world famous Bondi Beach on your doorstep offering golden sands, blue waters, surfing the scenery isn’t bad either.

Sydneysiders love their sport and with abundance of sport on offer you are spoilt for choice.  Firstly, Rugby in both codes, Aussie Rules, Soccer, Cricket, Basketball, Baseball and yes even Ice Hockey.  Surely you can’t miss out on this tour, what an experience.

4. LISBON – Lisboetas

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Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city.  From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.  Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.

The city and its metropolitan area has a hot dry subtropical or a typical Mediterranean climate with short and very mild winters and warm summers, so even in winter it’s going to be quite good.

Rugby in Lisbon is strongly represented with a large selection of clubs all waiting for the overseas challenge.  Most clubs would be made up of the local habitants and residents who have moved to the city from England or Ireland.

5. ROME – The Eternal City

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Why Rome you ask. The city is only a 50 minute commute to the coast and that is why we have included Rome into our list.

Rome’s history spans 28 centuries.  While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe.

The city’s early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans, and Sabines.  Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire.

There is so much to see in Rome, the history just oozes everywhere you look.  Did you know that modern Rome is built upon the original city?

Now for the Rugby.  There are so many clubs in Rome and they all very good.  The club scene is very strong and all the clubs have age groups to cater any touring sides.  The post match hospitality is second to none as Italian clubs love to embrace the opportunity to welcome their guests to their club.

So why not contact us now to plan ahead to your Rugby Tour of a lifetime.