The Rugby World Cup is one of the world’s most popular sporting events and Flight Centre has come on board after being named an Official Travel Agent for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. Starting this month rugby fans in Australia will be able to purchase tickets and exclusive travel packages, making Flight Centre your first port of call when it comes to planning your trip to England.
The Tournament will be played out in some of the sport’s most iconic venues, including the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff – which has put its hand up to bring eight fixtures across the border – London’s newly built Olympic Stadium and, of course, the hallowed home of English rugby at Twickenham, which will host the Final of Rugby World Cup 2015 on October 31.
Grounds For Optimism
After finishing third at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand, there are plenty of reasons to believe the Wallabies can continue their upward trajectory. Playing a style of rugby ESPN Scrum columnist Brett McKay says is “definitely worth watching,” there’s reason to believe Australian supporters should make travel plans beyond the pool stage.
“Australia has a tough pool to qualify from - it also includes host England, and current Six Nations champion Wales - but I’d like to think travelling fans could book through to at least the quarter-final weekend,” McKay explains.
“Even if the Wallabies don’t make it, the Rugby World Cup 2015 Final will be an event to remember,” he adds of the Twickenham decider, with Australia aiming to reach its fourth such showdown in what is the eighth edition of the tournament.
An Iconic Home Base
Thirteen venues across England and Wales will host fixtures, however all eyes will be on London come the last weekend in October. The English capital is home to three Rugby World Cup 2015 venues, with none more famous than the iconic 82,000-capacity Twickenham Stadium on the leafy south-western outskirts of the city.
“Twickenham is to rugby what Lord’s is to cricket and Wembley is to football. It’s the biggest dedicated rugby stadium in the world, and on match days it produces a live atmosphere that takes some topping,” McKay says. “The noise, the singing, the whole vibe of the event will be bubbling come September and October in 2015”.
The cavernous three-tiered stadium is the exclusive home of the English rugby union team, ensuring Australian fans will get a taste of its unique atmosphere when the Wallabies take on England in a Pool A blockbuster on October 3.
A Perfect Excuse To Travel
Lifting the coveted Webb Ellis Cup may be the objective for the teams competing, but off the field Rugby World Cup 2015 provides the perfect excuse to travel and take in the sights of picturesque England. From Newcastle in the north all the way to Exeter in the south, there’s plenty to see and do for supporters eager to soak up the unique atmosphere of the game’s showpiece international event.
“The best part of Rugby World Cups is the activity in and around the cities – the carnival atmosphere around the stadiums and the buzz and interaction of rugby fans from all around the world,” McKay says.
“Stock up on your Wallabies gear and try and swap it with fans from other countries. It’s the perfect tournament souvenir with a story attached, and swapping jerseys is one of the great traditions of rugby,” he adds of an event which will take place from September 18 to October 31 in 2015.