France rugby tours

As one of the major rugby nations France has a thriving, enthusiastic and competitive rugby culture. It’s a fantastic destination for a rugby tour offering the chance to test yourselves against the French style of play and train with great facilities in fantastic locations.

Our Head of Rugby is a previous Director of Sport and has lived in France for 15 years. Consequently, our tours to France are unique. We always cater to the needs of rugby players, so you can be sure of adequate recovery time between games and excellent training facilities. france_downtimelink_box

Recent tour groups to the south of France have been lucky enough to meet professional players and be coached by World Cup winner Joe Worsley (Defence Coach at Top 14 side Bordeaux Bègles, pictured in the third and fifth photo above) and you never know who you may bump into whilst in and around Toulon!

Highlights of a rugby tour to France include…

  • A country with a rich rugby heritage
  • Very reliable weather
  • All standards of opposition
  • Excellent venues and facilities
  • Play against French style tactics
  • Visit a Top 14 rugby club and watch a fixture

The benefits of France as a tour destination include…

  • Variety of hotels and airlines
  • Great downtime activities e.g. surfing, kayaking etc
  • Historic and educational opportunities

“This was a superb rugby tour that provided us with everything we needed – an opportunity to visit the heartland of French Rugby, competitive and challenging matches and a great experience. Would definitely recommend.”

David Metcalfe

Head of Rugby, Pangbourne College

Sample itinerary

All of our tours are tailor-made to meet the requirements of each school and club but to give you an idea of how a rugby tour to France could look here’s a sample itinerary…

Day 1 – Fly into Bordeaux from Bristol, Luton or Gatwick. Enjoy a training session in the sun depending on arrival time. Check into your hotel. If you arrive at the weekend, there may be a Top 14 match down at Le Stade Jacques Chaban –Delmas, where Bordeaux – Bègles play their fixtures.

Day 2 – After breakfast, there’ll be time for another training run before setting out to visit the Dune of Pyla, the largest sand dune in Europe, on the nearby Atlantic coat. Return to Bordeaux for Match no.1

Day 3 – Check out of your hotel and make the short trip to Arcachon for a day at the water park. Leave in the late afternoon for the journey south to Biarritz and its surf beaches.

Day 4 – A morning training session can be followed by an active, but not too active afternoon activity, maybe 9 holes of golf or some kayaking in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Afterwards, it will be time to face the Basque opposition in Match no.2

Day 5 – A morning in sea for surf lessons, followed by an afternoon of practice.

Day 6 – Check out of the hotel and make the journey in the shadow of the Pyrenees to the rugby strong hold of Pau, and enjoy a late afternoon stroll around the town.

Day 7 – Visit a local market in the morning, or go on a trip into the Pyrenees. In the afternoon, depart to a local rugby club for Match no.3

Day 8 – Check out of the hotel and then it’s over to Montpellier and the Mediterranean coast! A beach visit could be followed by a Top 14 match at Le Stade Yves Manoir.

Day 9 – Start the day with a morning training session, or a trip to view the Millau Viaduct – whatever the choice it’s match day again so return for Match no.4 in the afternoon!

Day 10 – Whether the return flight is from Toulouse or Marseille, there will surely be time for one more visit to the beach before your plane takes you back to the UK.