End of the Tour! Venatour at Rugby World Cup 2019™ – Week 7
After a fairytale tour, English fans were heartbroken as the team that they had fallen in love with in Japan were pipped to a dream ending by a ruthless South Africa.
For some, Rugby World Cup 2019™ was a two-month-long experience, for others only a matter of days, but here at Venatour, we can proudly say with that it has been a joy to tour with every single one of our wonderful clients.
As we say goodbye to the last of our tourists who jet back to Britain or carry on their adventure further afield, we would like to reflect on the final week that capped off an unforgettable tournament.
The week began with a celebration of one of our own. Margaret has been a fantastic tour manager and was the first to venture to Japan at the beginning of September. Therefore, it was only right that we dedicated the final Cooch’s Tavern to celebrate her birthday, with a cake presented to her by rugby broadcasting legend Ian Robertson!
The Tavern was definitely one to remember. With Shane Williams leading the Welsh charge, optimism was in the air for his former side’s Bronze Medal playoff against New Zealand, as he and Robertston made sure to give plenty of stick to World Cup Finalists England. However, Cooch made sure to back his team in a lively yet insightful debate.
Throughout the week, we welcomed new clients who, inspired by England’s destruction of New Zealand, had liaised with the Venatour team back in Cheltenham to secure tickets to the final.
The atmosphere in Tokyo was palpable throughout the week and Wales’s brave performance against an All Blacks side with a point to prove was admirable and the match was played in true rugby spirit. Many experts had said that neither side looks forward to the Bronze playoff, but our tourists thoroughly enjoyed the tough 80-minute contest.
However, this match only contributed to the buildup for the big one: the final.
Although South Africa were deserved winners on the day, our English tourists took nothing but pride from England’s memorable Rugby World Cup run.
Thank you for touring with Venatour, we look forward to seeing you in South Africa for the Lions in 2021.