… And currently great value for money as UK holidaymakers to the euro zone will have just over 15% more spending power than a year ago.
The heart of French rugby is in the South West of France. Stade Toulousain, or Toulouse as they are most commonly referred to, is traditionally one of the strongest sides in French rugby, having won 19 French Championships and made six Heineken Cup finals appearances, winning a record of four. The Heineken Cup, for those who might not know, sees six different European countries bearing representatives and is considered to be one of rugby’s top prizes.
Stade Toulousain’s home ground, the Stade Ernest-Wallon, is located on the northwest side out towards the Toulouse Blagnac Airport. The stadium can accommodate up to 19,500 people and on match days the streets of Toulouse become buzzing with rugby goers wearing the team’s red, black and white kit.
With Toulouse only 50 minutes away from La Durantie, residents can enjoy a great day out at the rugby. Pre-match, we recommend oysters and a glass of chilled wine in the market bar of Victor Hugo, followed by a feast of barbequed Toulouse sausage in the grounds.
It hasn’t been so cheap to visit the 19 countries that make up the eurozone since 2007. On 10th March 2015, the pound reached a more-than seven year high against the euro, assterling rose 1% to hit €1.40 for the first time since December 2007.
Upcoming ‘home’ match dates for your diary include:
– Toulouse vs. Montpellier (Saturday 14th March)
– Toulouse vs. Toulon (Saturday 28thMarch)
– Toulouse vs. Bayonne (Saturday 11th April)
Toulouse’s current squad features a number of notable players, none more so than inspirational national team skipper Thierry Dusautoir, one of the best players in world rugby at the moment. Dusautoir is joined by former All Black Luke McAllister, Australian scrum-half Luke Burgess and fellow French representative Vincent Clerc.
Stade Touloussain dates back as far as 1907, prior to which rugby was only ever played in schools or universities. Stade Touloussain played its first final in 1909, claiming its first title in 1912. Throughout the 70s and 80s Toulouse established themselves as the dominant force in French rugby.