Rugby

From the rugby world cup, through to the 6 nations and then the multitude of other international and domestic competitions, rugby’s appeal takes hold all around the world. Closer to home, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Tonga and others all participate on the international scene, and as such, each country has a wealth of ability at all levels. Each rugby mad country provides a fantastic destination for a school rugby team to visit, with challenging local opposition, exciting activities and other sporting tours allowing for a memorable yet educational trip.

DESTINATIONS

Rugby union is one of many winter sports played in Australia with a history dating back to 1864. Although traditionally most popular in Australia's rugby football strongholds of New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT, it is played throughout the nation at all levels. There are opportunities for teams of all levels to benefit from a tour to this sport mad nation.

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Rugby union is a moderately popular sport in Canada; there are several hotspots like British Columbia, Atlantic Canada (particularly in Newfoundland and Labrador), and Ontario but does not attract the same level of spectator support as other sports yet. Rugby in Canada has been experiencing a growing popularity with the increasing presence of rugby at school and college level. Although the weather can mean you are playing in colder conditions than you’re used too, Canada provides an excellent destination to tour for rugby union teams of all abilities.

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Rugby union in Japan is a moderately popular sport but its popularity is growing swiftly with the next Rugby World Cup to be held here in 2019. Japan has the fourth largest population of rugby union players in the world, and the sport has been played there for over a century. Steeped in centuries of highly revered traditions, but also a pioneering force at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, Japan is a country of contrasts. A rugby union tour to Japan provides a perfect mix of fun experiences, challenging rugby all in a background of traditional Japanese culture.

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Home to the mighty All Blacks, rugby is the country’s unofficial national sport, and most New Zealanders live and breathe rugby, meaning there is certainly no shortfall of passionate, world class players in either Union or League! With an equal abundance of opportunities for challenging games, immersive clinics and practical workshops, as well as a heap of adventure and cultural activities on offer, New Zealand is the ideal destination for any touring team.

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Rugby union in South Africa is a very popular team sport, and is widely played all over the country. The national team is among the strongest in the world and has been ranked in the top six nations. South Africa hosted, and won, the 1995 Rugby World Cup as well as tasting victory again in 2007 in France. Give your touring team a chance to play at amazing facilities, along with excursions added into your tour that feature fabulous game reserves and unique culture.

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South America provides your team with many incredible destinations for rugby union tours. Argentina is traditionally the strongest nation in this region of the world however there are also possibilities to visit countries such as Chile, Uruguay and many more. As well as competitive games against local evenly matched sides, give your team a chance to witness once in a lifetime experiences like learning gaucho skills on a ranch, hiking the Iguazu Falls or an organised tour of the Boca Juniors Stadium.

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Rugby union is one of the leading professional and recreational team sports in the United Kingdom, as well as England being the traditional home of the sport. This is a destination that suits teams of all levels. Give your team a chance to witness professional games, spend time with top coaches and sightseeing around some of the world's most iconic attractions, a rugby union tour to the United Kingdom has all that is needed for your team.

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Rugby union in the United States is a growing sport. There are now good levels of quality competition as well as large participation at the youth, high school, college, club, and international levels – all being governed by USA Rugby. It is one of the fastest growing sports at both high school and college level in the country, and consequently gives your touring side a lot of options for games and coaching. While it is mostly in the shadows of larger sports such as baseball, American football and ice hockey, the USA has all that is needed for a fantastic rugby tour.

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Rugby Mad

This tour involves high performance workshops, ample game time and a heap of fun team bonding activities. Are you ready to challenge this rugby mad nation?