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We’re proud to have joined forces with England Rugby to bring you the best tips and travel advice, plus how to get the most from rugby around the globe - from where to watch the big games, to jetlag tips from the England squads.

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Rugby’s great nations

Japan

It may come as a surprise to some, but Japan has a long history of rugby. Its official rugby union was founded back in 1926. Hosts of this year’s Rugby World Cup, matches will be played across the country, from Tokyo to Osaka. Did you know: current England coach Eddie Jones coached Japan’s national team between 2012 and 2015?

Fly direct to Osaka

Ireland

As one of the founding nations of what is now the Guinness Six Nations, Ireland has a long an illustrious history in rugby, playing in 124 Six Nations Championships. Did you know: Dublin University, founded in 1854, was the first organised Rugby Football Club in Ireland?

Discover Dublin

Canada

Canada’s national men’s team, the Canucks, has taken part in every Rugby World Cup since 1987. The Canadian women’s team has played at all seven Women’s Rugby World Cup tournaments, and reached the Cup final in 2014 – losing out to England. Did you know: while rugby is known to have been played in Canada since the 1850s, the official Canadian Rugby Union wasn’t founded until 1974?

Discover Canada

France

Playing in their distinctive blue kit, the French national team (Les Bleus) play from the famous Stade de France – the eighth largest stadium in Europe – located just north of Paris. Did you know: rugby was thought to have been brought to France from England in 1872 by students in Paris and wine merchants in Bordeaux?

Book flights to Paris

Australia

Australia has competed in every single Rugby World Cup, winning twice, first in 1991 against England at Twickenham, and again 1999 against France at the then Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Did you know: Australia and England’s rugby teams first went head to head in 1909, and of their total games, England has won 23, with Australian winning 25?

Discover Sydney

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ENGLAND'S RED ROSES: DESTINATION PICKS

South Africa

I went to South Africa in 2009 for the Lions test game, to Pretoria and Johannesburg. I’d love to get back to explore more, especially the Garden Route, to go on safari and visit sights like Table Mountain in Cape Town. It’s great as well because there’s no jetlag, amazing food.

Sarah Hunter, lock

New Zealand

I have particularly fond memories of our travels to Rotorua in New Zealand. We were there at the same time as the Lions, we played a double header and it was such a fantastic game and we won. We took number one spot in the world and in such great surroundings – amazing memories all round really.

Abbie Scott, lock

UK Staycation

There are so many gorgeous places that you can get to from London by car – head to Tenby in Pembrokeshire for some great fish and chips, or Edinburgh which is just so easy to see in just a day. The Edinburgh Fringe is great in the summer, though you have to book well in advance.

Lydia Thomspon, wing

Where to watch rugby around the world

Seven of the best destinations around the world where you can see top-class rugby over the 2018/2019 season.

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ENGLAND RUGBY: TRAVEL TIPS

Dealing with jet lag

To stave off jetlag, we’ll often do a spin class together as a team, to “sweat out” the flight and get the heart rate up within the first couple of hours of landing. We try to stay awake as much as possible if there’s a significant time difference, and we’re told never to nap.

Ben Youngs, scrum half

> Calculate your jet lag

Planning the adventure

Before any trip, I’ll definitely try and get as much research as I can beforehand. Make sure you know the places to go, best places to eat, and that you have a rough guide of what you want to do and how you want to do it. Besides that, it always helps to go with someone who knows the area too.

Maro Itoje, lock

Maro Itoje


Eating right

If we’re travelling and want to keep our diets on track, we try to plan as much as possible, but this is usually taken into consideration when we’re away. When I’m on holiday with my family, I try to switch off a bit and give myself a break.

Owen Farrell, fly half and centre

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