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A booking guide for World Cup 2015

Frank Quinn

By Frank Quinn
ARE you planning to get to a Rugby World Cup game in September/October 2015?
Here FRANK QUINN (pictured) takes a parochial view and looks at Irish games and possible trips:
Frank writes:
For genuine rugby fans opportunity knocks when it comes to attending a Rugby World Cup only a few times in a lifetime .
For the average committed follower, this opportunity will not come around
again until 2027, RWC 2019 is in Japan and South Africa is the clear favourite for
2023 in spite of our bid. We could get RWC 2027.
So this is the RWC for you to target. It is on your doorstep, across the pond and well worth paying the price. Now is the time to make you rmind up. It could be one of the greatest occasions for Irish rugby so be there to support your country to its best ever result.
Here is the Ireland Schedule:
Pre-RWC 2015: Guinness Summer Series Test Matches:
8th August, Wales V. Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff,
15th August, Ireland v. Scotland, Aviva, Dublin
29th August, Ireland v. Wales, Aviva, Dublin.
5th Sept ember,England v. Ireland, Twickenham, London
Start times TBC.
The 8th RWC 2015 (From 18th Sept to Sat., Oct 31st, 2015):
Pool D: Ireland, France, Italy, Canada, Romania.
Game schedule:v
Sept 19, Ireland v Canada, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, k.o. 2.30 pm
Sept 22, Ireland v Romania, Wembley Stadium, London k.o. 5.00 pm
Oct 4, Ireland v Italy, Olympic Stadium London, k.o. 5.00 pm
Oct 11, Ireland v France, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, k.o. 5.00 pm
The winner and the runner-up of our Pool D will play quarter finals at Millennium
Stadium, Cardiff on Oct 17 and 18 respectively against the corresponding reverse
order in Pool C. (Winner v Runner-up)
Pool C: Consists of: New Zealand (Holders), Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and
Namibia.
Option One:
This is not for the corporate followers, the prawn sandwich brigade who will be
ferried over by the plane-full to the corporate boxes, transfers and tickets provided.
If you take a qualified gamble and pass up on the Canada & Romania games, this will take you into October and the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday the fourth at 5pm for the third Pool D game versus Italy. This is Option One.
You now have the option of staying on for the fourth game against Pool favourites
France (French record in seven RWC finals is: reached three finals, three semi-finals and 1 quarter final, without becoming the champions). Irelandhas reached five quarter finals).
Option Two:
Go home after the Italy game. Make the return trip for the French game.
The difficulty here is that the French game is in Cardiff on Sunday, Oct 11 at 5 pm, and to go on for one more leg: (One game at a time!), as follows:
Our Pool D quarter-finals (positive note) are in Cardiff on the weekend of 17/18
October. (See schedule notes above)
The start times would lend themselves to one day trips by air provided you have a
ticket for the match. The air travel cost will be pitched at the maximum for rugby followers, but it may well be the most economic way.
Cardiff lends itself to a car trip from Cork, Rosslare and Dublin and gives
flexibility for hotel accommodation away from Cardiff. It is reasonable to assume
that hotel prices will be inflated by as much as two/three hundred per cent for the
period.
It is anticipated that Ireland, France, holders New Zealand and Argentina teams and
followers will be in the Cardiff area on the weekend of the 17/18 October.
All of the other knockout stage games will be played in London, including the final
scheduled for Twickenham, kick-off 5.00 pm on Saturday, October 31st.
My advice to fans is enquire early from your travel agent or direct to airlines and hotels to get the best value.
You know what they say about the ‘early bird.’

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