Now that Argentina has arrived at rugby’s top table, more and more Argentinians are falling in love with the game and embracing its core values. “Rugby players play because they love the sport. It’s not a money sport, it’s a sport with moral values.” according to Puma star, Juan Martin Hernandez. In Argentina Rugby is different – it’s not about individual stars. In neighbourhood clubs like ours, if we win, the whole team wins.
Topflight rugby takes you on a “once in a life time rugby tour of Argentina” visiting places that you will never forget.
First time visitors will associate Buenos Aires with steak, Boca Juniors, the Bombonera and Maradona, but Argentina’s capital is now a thriving metropolis, where the new and the old blend together. Their passion for sport and in particular soccer and rugby make it a perfect destination for a rugby tour. Now that rugby is growing at a very rapid rate in Buenos Aires in particular, it should allow the Pumas to put a sustainable rugby programme in place for clubs and schools which will benefit age grade rugby in the country and also benefit touring teams.
The tour goes to Rosario, famous for Che Guevara and Lionel Messi, but it is also a buzzing rugby centre. Club Atletico Del Rosario was one of the four founding UAR rugby clubs. Rosario has many private schools whose first game is rugby and who love to play visiting rugby teams. If you plan a “down time” day in Rosario, then check out the water activities. These are reasonably priced and well worth the experience.
If you are in Rosario, Then you’ve got to visit Cordoba. Apart from its spectacular scenic beauty, Cordoba boasts a long tradition of playing rugby. It has close to 20 rugby teams, and the Cordoba rugby club is one of the oldest in the country, founded by English railway workers around 1882. The tradition of rugby as a rallying call for the community has not been lost on the clubs of Cordoba – much like the our four provinces passion, pride and a sense of place that characterises Irish rugby.
Believe me ….the Argentina experience is a trip that will be replayed over and over again, long after you’ve returned home. Certainly one to check out.
•Return flights from Cork or Dublin to Buenos Aires.
•All coach transfers from airport to Hotel or hostel accommodation and coach transfers to games and all other activities.
•Welcome evening dinner in Buenos Aires.
•3/4 games against local opposition of equal standard. Post match hospitality.
•6 nights accommodation based on H/B in Buenos Aires.
•Tour of Boca Juniors soccer stadium.
•Optional trip to Hurlingham and play against local G.A.A. team.
•Transfer to Rosario, where you will spend 3 nights in Hotel on a H/B basis.
•Transfer to Cordoba, where you will spend 2 nights in Hotel on H/B basis.
•BBQ lunch at Estancia with Guacho show
•City tours of Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba.
•Topflight tour agent/ guide for the duration of your tour.
•Comprehensive travel insurance.
•Transfer to airport for flight home.