Six Nations in Rome: How Will Italy Fare Against England?

Six Nations in Rome: How Will Italy Fare Against England?

Seeing the Six Nations in Rome is an unforgettable experience. Beautiful architecture, iconic monuments, winding cobbled streets, vibrant colours and stunning food all combine to make Rome one of the most exciting destinations in the Six Nations calendar. The Six Nations 2018 fixtures have just been announced, and England will take on Italy for their first match of the tournament. Following a controversial clash between the two teams earlier this year, England will head to Rome to face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on 4th February. What happened last time? England will be hungry for revenge next year after Italy gave them a scare with some controversial tactics during this year’s Six Nations. In a shock measure, the Italians repeatedly refused to commit any men other than the initial tackler to the breakdown, meaning no rucks were formed and offside rules became irrelevant. England were completely bamboozled by this unusual tactic for the first half of the game, and were left with egg on their faces when they walked back into the changing room 10-5 down at half time. The hosts came back after the break determined not to make the same mistake again, and managed to claw their way back to a 36-15 win. Six Nations in Rome: looking ahead to next year England have won the last two Six Nations titles and are strong favourites again. They’ll be looking to get off to a fast start against Italy in a bid to make it a third consecutive tournament win. Just beating Italy won’t be good enough, though. Under new rules introduced in 2017, teams get a bonus point...
F1 Winter Testing in Barcelona: Our Inaugural FAM Trip

F1 Winter Testing in Barcelona: Our Inaugural FAM Trip

As we approach the start of the European leg of the Formula 1 calendar at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, we’d like to reminisce back to March for our inaugural FAM trip to the F1 winter testing in Barcelona. Touching down in Barcelona For our first FAM we wanted to show the clients all that Barcelona has to offer in terms of sporting action – and we definitely chose the best time for it. We landed the day after Barcelona took on Paris Saint-Germain at home, with a devastating first leg loss and needing a miracle to make it through to the next round. That miracle happened with three goals occurring in the last five minutes, and the score line finishing at 6-1. When we touched down in Barcelona – following slight delays thanks to French air traffic control – we arrived to sunshine and nine eager agents looking forward to exploring the city. We were staying at the Gran Hotel La Florida, on the outskirts of Barcelona overlooking the city. It was an amazing way to experience the hustle and bustle of city life during the day, and then retreat for a relaxing night in the Tibidabo Hills. A visit to the Nou Camp Our first sporting stop on this fleeting FAM was at the Nou Camp itself, the home of the greats of European football. In our VIP tour we had a private guide explaining all the fun and interesting facts about the stadium, players and the club itself. With some great pictures in the press conference room and pitchside, and a view from the director’s box, this...