Being the spiritual home of Welsh rugby, Cardiff is one of the choice destinations for most rugby tours – both by school, social and professional rugby teams alike. If you’re thinking of taking a tour there with your team, there are several great things to do that you should definitely find room for in your itinerary.
Train with the Cardiff Blues Coaching Staff
As one of the four Welsh professional rugby union teams, the Cardiff Blues are definitely a name that most rugby players and fans will recognize. The team’s role in developing rugby within Cardiff and Wales in general is not to be overlooked – and it is actually possible to arrange for a guest coaching session and training clinic with their coaching staff.
Having professional coaches come in and assess your team’s performance while providing you with helpful advice and pointers is definitely worthwhile – and it may even prove the difference in the matches that you play while on tour.
Tour the Principality Stadium (Formerly the Millennium Stadium)
Originally known as the Millennium Stadium when it was built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup, the Principality Stadium (as it is now called) is the national stadium of Wales. With a seating capacity of close to 75,000, it is one of the largest rugby stadiums in the world – and is definitely an iconic rugby venue.
By going on a tour of the stadium, you’ll get to see parts of it that are normally off limits during matches – such as the player’s dressing rooms, the tunnel, VIP hospitality suites, and much more. At the same time you can also learn a lot about what makes the stadium so special, from its fully retractable roof to semi artificial pitch.
Catch the Cardiff Blues in Action
While you’re in Cardiff, why not take in a game? Watching the Cardiff Blues in action with your team alongside you is a great experience for any rugby team and will definitely build on the excitement of your tour. Needless to say you’ll want to book tickets in advance and plan according to the match fixtures – but it shouldn’t be too much trouble to organize.
Make no mistake, aside from these three very rugby-centric activities that you simply must do while in Cardiff, there is a ton of other experiences that the city can offer too. From tours of Cardiff Castle to its nightlife, dining, museums, and other sights – your team will have no shortage of potential activities to pass the time while you’re on tour.
Aside from these activities, an integral part of rugby tours to Cardiff will also definitely be arranging fixtures with local teams. Giving you ample competition to go up against for the entire duration of your time spend in the city of Cardiff.