Travelling fans taking in All Blacks games against Argentina (Wembley, September 20), Namibia (Olympic Park, September 24), Georgia (Cardiff, October 2) and Tonga (Newcastle, October 9) 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, Newcastle 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 Ritchie McCaw snare 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 the side (coached by Kiwi, Joe Schmidt) take to the turf. Back home, bars will be hopping, Guinness (and some mouthwatering craft beers) will be guzzled, and of course, plenty of friendly rugby banter with anyone wearing the All Black colours. 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.