If you thought it was too early to start thinking about the Rugby 6 Nations tournament in 2020, you might need to think again.
If you are an England fan, in particular, there are at least two very good reasons why it’s never too early to start making your plans:
- the sport’s governing body, World Rugby, this year completed the most thorough review of the schedules for international competitionsince Italy joined the 6 Nations tournament in 2000 – one of the most notable results being the introduction of a 12-year calendar of fixtures; and
- tickets for Italy v England 2020are likely to sell like the proverbial hotcakes – with tardy planners and late-comers likely to face bitter disappointment.
As the season draws near
The build-up to any 6 Nations season speaks for itself. Tickets for matches – especially those in which England are playing – sell fast. For the Italy v England game in Rome 2018, for example, many agents reported a sell-out even before the end of 2017.
As championship winners in both the 2016 and 2017 6 Nations seasons, it might not be surprising that the national team has drummed up such a dedicated army of supporters. Press reports of England’s successive back-to-back wins in the tournament were fulsome in their praise – as the Telegraph newspaper’s story of the 18th of March 2017 illustrates.
When England hosted Italy at an ultimately highly contentious match at Twickenham at the end of February 2017, the home team had to work hard to steal a 36 points to 15 victory.
Why travel packages prove popular
All-inclusive packages that include flights, transfers, accommodation and tickets to the match are likely to prove especially good value for money – and may, therefore, sell out even more quickly.
The precise dates for Italy v England 2020 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome have yet to be announced, but when they are, you might look at previous years’ packages to see what is typically offered. Some may include not only tickets for the match between the two nations but a three-night city break that also gives you the chance to enjoy the wonders of Rome.
If you are an England fan, therefore, what are some of the features to look for in any all-inclusive package?
- direct flights from London to Rome (preferably offering you a choice of departures from Gatwick, Heathrow, Bristol or Manchester airports, and inclusive of all taxes and your individual baggage allowance);
- transfers from the airport in Rome to the city centre (whether that is by a bus service, or an option to travel by train or private car);
- accommodation in a hotel close to the city centre – for ease of access both to the Stadio Olimpico and the city sights – and a choice of star ratings;
- tickets for the big match – but make sure they are issued from an official source, and include the taxes and agents’ fees charged by the Italian Rugby Federation;
- note that prices for your seats in the stands are typically graded according to the different blocks in the stadium (the Curva e Distinti Nord/Sud, Monte Mario Alta or Monte Mario Media/Bassa).
If you are planning your trip as a group – defined by different travel companies according to the number of people – make sure to find out whether further discounts are available when bought as a single booking.
Whether you are travelling alone or as part of a group, the combination of tickets for one of the major games of the 6 Nations tournament and a weekend break in the Eternal City of Rome is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.