Travelling fans taking in Australia’s games against Fiji (Cardiff, September 23), Uraguay (Villa Park, September 27), England (Twickenham, October 3) and Wales (Cardiff, October 10) face the tantalising prospect not only of the best rugby on Planet Earth… but some memorable travel, too.
Ireland is incredibly easy to reach from the UK, with several ferry routes from Pembroke and Holyhead in Wales, and direct flights from London, Cardiff, Birmingham and a host of other cities thanks to British Airways, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and CityJet, among other airlines. Hop on board, and you’ll be having the craic in the Emerald Isle quicker than a Pocock poach at ruck-time.
With Ireland now back-to-back winners of the Six Nations Championship, the atmosphere will be at fever pitch by the time Joe Schmidt’s charges take to the turf. Back home, bars will be hopping, Guinness (and some mouthwatering craft beers) will be guzzled, and of course, there will be slaps on the back for anyone wearing the green and gold if Australia school England at Twickers. It really is the next best seat in the house.
Oh yes – and while you’re here, it would be rude not to take in a sight or two.