Pre-Register for England Rugby to SA – June 2018

ENGLAND RUGBY TOUR TO SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 2018

PRE REGISTER INTEREST
Eddie Jones’ England travel to South Africa in June 2018 to take on the Springboks. This is as good a time as any to witness an England series win in SA with the England team being so dominant and the Boks going through a transitional phase with their team. One thing that can be guaranteed is that the South Africans will always raise their game against an England touring side. Our tours will have a fantastic mix of rugby along with cultural experiences in this beautiful country.
 

Register your interest now and we’ll inform you as soon as the rest of the dates are released. You’ll have also have first look at our packages for what will be a memorable rugby tour.
 

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Fancy Something Different? Try The Far East!

Fancy Something Different? Try The Far East!
In years gone by sports tours have been a few days in a cramped B&B where you hope that your fixtures against the local teams won’t be rained off. Sound familiar? Well luckily things have moved on since then and now there are a whole range of destinations you can choose from including Europe, Australia and of course, the Far East.
 
The exotic countries of the Far East are the perfect way to combine culture with sport. With locations such as India, Singapore, and Malaysia on offer you won’t have to worry about being stuck in a chintzy guest house!
 
Here’s a little look at what you can expect to find in these gorgeous locations.
 
India
It might not be the first country on your list of suitable sports tour destinations, but if you’re a cricket or hockey fan then this could be right up your street. Mixing a vibrant culture with geographical diversity and mesmerising attractions you’re sure to have a tour to remember.
 
Most tour companies begin the trip in Delhi where you’ll have the chance to explore the big local attractions such as the Taj Mahal and Humayun’s Tomb. From there your trip could take you to Mumbai, Jaipur, Goa, or Agra. The world really is your oyster!
 
India is also a great destination if you want to get involved in community projects and really get to know a different culture. And of course all of this is combined with a thrilling sports itinerary!
 
Singapore
Singapore offers something completely different and if you’re looking for a modern, state of the art location then this is the place for you. As well as the numerous beautiful city parks the main attractions include Orchard Road and Sentosa Island.
 
If you’re continuing your journey on to Australia then this is the perfect stopover city, but it also works equally well if you’re looking to combine it with a few days in Malaysia.
 
Hockey, netball and football are the most popular sports and you’ll find fixtures readily available all year around. If you want cricket or rugby then you’ll find the choice of age groups and skill levels more limited, but there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be something to suit your team’s needs.
 
Malaysia
Vibrant, cosmopolitan and diverse; three words that perfectly sum up Malaysia and its capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Similarly to India there are plenty of community or charity projects you can get involved in, or if you’d rather just spend your down time on the beach then head to Penang or Malacca.
All popular sports are available so whether you’re a football team looking for an end of season party or a coach looking for cricket tours Malaysia is a great choice.

 
Every Far East destination offers a great opportunity to explore outside of Europe without having to travel as far as Australia or New Zealand. Weather conditions mean that the Easter holidays or summer months are the best time to travel and many tour companies offer all inclusive packages with return flights and sports fixtures as an added bonus.

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Pro14: South African teams confirmed in expanded tournament

The Pro12 will be expanded to include South African side Southern Kings and Cheetahs from September, organisers have confirmed.
 
The expanded tournament will be called the Pro14 and see the teams split into two conferences of seven made up of two Welsh, two Irish and one team each from Scotland, Italy and South Africa.
 
The conferences have been decided based on last season’s results.
 
Cheetahs and Kings will play their home games in South Africa.
 
They will play only Saturdays, and there will be five travel-free days before matches.
 
The first round of matches is due to be played on the weekend of 1-3 September, with the first fixtures to be announced on 7 August.
 
It is understood the addition of the two new teams will bring in an extra £6m a year in revenue.

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Pre-Register for RWC Sevens in San Francisco

RWC SEVENS 2018 – SAN FRANCISCO

This time next year the Sevens World Cup gets under way in San Francisco. ‘Everybody’s Favourite City’ will host 24 teams, who will compete for the title of World Sevens Champions.
 

Not only will there be great rugby on display San Francisco also has a huge amount to offer its visitors. Scenic beauty, diverse cultural attractions and world class cuisine plus views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge make this a great venue for the tournament.
 
Sign up here to register your interest and be the first to receive our packages when they go on sale.
 

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2017/18 Sevens Series Dates Announced:

2017/18 Sevens Series Dates Announced:

Following the conclusion of the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on Sunday, the world governing body confirmed the dates for next season. The 2017/18 Sevens World Series will again consist of ten tournaments, while a couple of changes will be made. The New Zealand leg will be moved from the capital Wellington and will be hosted in Hamilton. The 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be hosted by Australia’s Gold Coast, will take place between the Hong Kong and Singapore tournaments. In addition to the Commonwealth Games, the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens will take place in the USA’s San Francisco between 20 – 22 July, well after the conclusion of the Sevens World Series.
 

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2017-18 Dates:

Round1 – Dubai: 1-2 December 2017
Round2 – Cape Town: 9-10 December 2017
Round3 – Sydney: 26-28 January 2018
Round4 – Hamilton: 3-4 February 2018
Round5 – Las Vegas: 2-4 March 2018
Round6 – Vancouver: 10-11 March 2018
Round7 – Hong Kong: 6-8 April 2018
 
(Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast: 14-15 April 2018)
 
Round8 – Singapore: 28-29 April 2018
Round9 – Paris: 26-27 May 2018
Round10 -London: 2-3 June 2018
 
(Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, San Francisco: 20-22 July 2018)

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Richie McCaw wishes Ulster U11’s Good luck on NZ Tour (VIDEO)

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Tour Celebrity Robert Jones Interview

Rob Jones to Join LWTL in New Zealand for his 3rd tour with LWTL

Living With The Lions Sports Travel are very excited to announce another one of our ambassadors on the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. Ex-scrum-half, Robert Jones, won 54 caps for Wales and 3 for the British Lions. He is also widely remembered for his part in the start of the Battle of Ballymore in 1989.
 

Many felt that Jones also had the finest pass in the game during his career and any rugby aficionado will recall that fantastic reverse pass he delivered to Jonathan Davies prior to the fly half scoring arguably the individual try of the 1988 5 Nations tournament. Wales went on to win the Triple Crown that year.
 

We caught up with Rob and asked him for his views on the upcoming tour, some stand out memories from his career, a list of his favourite players (past and present) and a prediction for the New Zealand series. At LWTL we can’t wait for the tour to get started and for Robert to be part of it.
 
Tour Celebrity Robert Jones Interview RobJones
 

1. What are you most looking forward to about the tour to New Zealand?

Being amongst rugby loving people in the most fanatical of all rugby nations. The Lions is special for all of us in the 4 Nations, players and supporters, and we get the chance to be part of it every 4 years. In NZ, they love the sport so much and they only get to play against the Lions every 12 years, that’s why this is so huge for them, and makes this tour extra special.
 

2. Which current Lions squad member would you be most excited to play with and why?

There are so many great players on this tour, Gatland has had a difficult decision in selection about who to leave out, not just who to take. Justin Tipuric is from my home village of Trebanos and he is a fantastic athlete and rugby player. His game awareness and skill levels are exceptional and I just think he adds a new dimension to back row play. The question is whether he will start the Tests with so much backrow talent and Sam as captain!
 

3. Two Scottish players selected: critical oversight by the coaching team or a justifiable response to the defeat by England?

Not an oversight, just the reality of the strength in depth we have in British rugby at the moment. Whilst you can put a case for a number of Scots who performed well in the 6 Nations, there are probably stronger arguments for those players Gatland has selected. The Gray brothers are two good examples – great players but would you select them ahead of the locks going, probably not. The same can be said of Finn Russell, probably the unluckiest in my eyes. Farrell and Sexton were certainties, then a toss-up between Ford, Russell and Bigger, with Gatland going for the safe pair of hands in Dan Bigger, someone he knows and can rely upon.
 

4. Do you have a standout memory and an opponent you would preferred to have played with rather than against from the tour in 1989?

My obvious memory is the punch up with my old friend Nick Farr Jones in the second test which became known as the battle of Ballymore! Ian McGeechan identified a major strength in the Aussie captain’s influence on their first test performance and decided that I would be the man to ‘focus on knocking him off his game’!!!! The rest is history as they say! Australia had some great players, Lynagh, Farr Jones, Cutler to name a few. However, one of their greatest, who actually had a poor test series that year, David Campese, was something different. He will go down as one of the greatest attacking players we have ever seen and having been on the wrong side of his trickery on so many occasions, I would have loved to have played alongside him.
 

5. It’s a World Cup Final Wales are playing Australia and you’re at scrum half. Who would you like at No 8. and Fly half? Past or present.

Another difficult question with so many great players at 8 and 10 throughout the years but I will stick with who I know and admire at 10, Jonathan Davies(Jiffy). A fantastic all round fly half who oozed confidence and self-belief. We never saw the best of him in Union, but he was a special talent. At 8, well a tough choice, with Phil Davies, Paul Moriarty and Stuart Davies all great Welsh performers during my day, but I’m going for a guy who has now established himself on the World game and could have a big influence on the Series result in NZ, Taulupe Faletau! Outstanding with ball in hand, defensively and at the breakdown, and up with Reid as the best 8’s in the world game.
 

6. And a prediction: 1st test final score and who comes out on top in the series…?

Not going to be popular, but I think NZ will win the series 2 – 1, although I think it will go down to the final test, with NZ winning the first, say 32 – 21 and the Lions claiming the second. This could all change overnight if either of the teams lose key players, but NZ rugby, and the incredible depth of skilled talent they have, puts them, and has for so long put them, at the very top of world rugby.

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2018 Six Nations Dates Released

SIX NATIONS 2018 FIXTURES LIST

 

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ROUND 1

Saturday 3rd February 2018

WALES V SCOTLAND, Principality Stadium, 1425 (GMT)
FRANCE V IRELAND, Stade De France, 1545 (GMT)
 

Sunday 4th February 2018

ITALY V ENGLAND, Stadio Olimpico, 1400 (GMT)
 

ROUND 2

Saturday 10th February 2018

IRELAND V ITALY, Aviva Stadium, 1415 (GMT)
ENGLAND v WALES, Twickenham Stadium, 1625 (GMT)
 

Sunday 11th February 2018

SCOTLAND v FRANCE, Murrayfield Stadium, 1500 (GMT)
 

ROUND 3

Friday 23rd February 2018

FRANCE v ITALY, TBC
 

Saturday 24th February 2018

IRELAND V WALES, Aviva Stadium, 1415 (GMT)
SCOTLAND v ENGLAND, Murrayfield Stadium, 1645 (GMT)
 

ROUND 4

Saturday 10th March 2018

IRELAND V SCOTLAND, Aviva Stadium, 1415 (GMT)
FRANCE v ENGLAND Stade De France, Paris 1545(GMT)
 

SUNDAY 11th March 2018

WALES V ITALY, Principality Stadium, 1500 (GMT)
 

ROUND 5

Saturday 17th March 2018

ITALY V SCOTLAND, Stadio Olimpico, 1130 (GMT)
ENGLAND v IRELAND, Twickenham Stadium, 1445(GMT)
WALES v FRANCE, Principality Stadium, 1700 (GMT)
 

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2019 World Cup Rugby Draw Complete

2019 POOLS

Pool AIreland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner (Europe 2 v Oceania 3)
Pool B – New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repechage winner
Pool CEngland, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2
Pool D – Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2
 

England have been drawn with France and Argentina in a tough Pool C for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
 
Scotland and Ireland are in Pool A, alongside the hosts.
 
Wales will face Australia in a repeat of the 2015 tournament, where both sides beat hosts England to qualify from the group stage, while Georgia join them in Pool D.
 
Reigning world champions New Zealand will take on South Africa and Italy in Pool B.
 
The World Cup runs from 20 September to 2 November 2019.
 
“It’s massively exciting, a unique country and unique culture,” said England head coach Eddie Jones, who led Japan at the last World Cup.
 
England face Argentina in two Tests in June with Jones saying they can “practice a little bit” against the Pumas.
 
Speaking about England’s Pool C opponent, Jones added: “France have really improved over the past two years and are certainly a dangerous team.”
 
England failed to advance from their “group of hell” in 2015, becoming the first hosts to exit before the knockout stage.
 
The 12 teams who automatically qualified by finishing in the top three of their groups at the last World Cup have been drawn.
 
The eight remaining teams have had their slots allocated and will be determined by the qualification process that ends in 2018.
 
England have also drawn the top North and South America qualifier [either USA or Canada], as well as the second-best Oceania qualifier, which will be one of Fiji, Samoa or Tonga.

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Ulster U11’s New Zealand Pre-Tour Video Featuring Willie John Mcbride

LWTL Sports Travel are delighted to have arranged the Ulster U11 boys tour to NZ in 2017 to play rugby and to watch the second Test match in Wellington between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions.
 

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