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Four Nations 2009 Stadium Accommodation

Taking place in England and France during October and November, the 2009 Four Nations tournament promises to really put Rugby League on the map, with France joining three of the best rugby league nations in the world – New Zealand, Australia and England for the first time.

The 2009 tournament is hosted across England and France, from the capital London and Paris to lesser known locations like Doncaster and Toulouse. But finding good value accommodation for the tournament can be tricky, with hiked up hotel prices and stadiums out of the city center.

Hostels are ideal for groups of Rugby fans before and after the game, with their social atmosphere, low prices and larger rooms, and there are several in each of the hosting cities. Here’s a guide to where to stay, and how to get to the games in each destination:

England:

Doncaster

The Match: England vs France

This Yorkshire town is close to Sheffield, home to the Doncaster Rugby League FC and the huge Keepmoat Stadium, a 15,231 seater venue with its own special ‘Fan’s bar’ for pre-match drinks.The stadium will be the setting for the England vs France game.

Where to Stay: The Restover Lodge Doncaster takes group bookings and this clean, comfortable and great value hotel is close to the town center, and perfect for a quick stopover.

Getting to the Stadium:
It costs £5 to park in the car park, but there are plenty of bus services to the stadium from the town center. The normal daily First Bus 72 & 75 service operates every 15 minutes between 5.25 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. (Monday – Saturday) and every 30 minutes between 10.25 a.m. and 6.20 p.m. on Sundays. An enhanced bus service provided by First Bus (Services 72 & 75) goes from the Frenchgate Bus Interchange.

Huddersfield

The Match: England vs New Zealand

Close to the vibrant city of Leeds in the North of England, Huddersfield has a deep Rugby League heritage, and today is home to the Huddersfield Giants and the Galpherm Stadium, that seats a whopping 24,500 people. 

With matches being held in Leeds and Huddersfield, the town is a great budget option for catching the games, and is a little more peaceful than bustling Leeds, whilst being close enough when you want a wild night out.

Where to Stay:
 The Old Golf House is a scenic budget hotel surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens Originally part of a golf club, the rooms are spacious, have great views and there's a bar and restaurant on site. The Cambridge Guest House is equally comfortable and homely, with a great free breakfast.

Getting to the Stadium:
Huddersfield Railway Station  in St.Georges Square is about  ½ mile from the stadium. You can get there on foot in about 15 minutes via Northumberland Street (the stadium is well signposted) , or take a taxi. You can also catch the 202, 203, 220 and 229 buses from Leeds and Huddersfield town centers.


Wigan

The Match: England vs Australia

Home to one of the best Rugby League stadiums in the country, and one of England’s best teams, the Wigan Warriors, the northern city of Wigan is Rugby League mad. The DW Stadium seats 25,000 fans, and will host the England vs Australia game.

Close to bustling cities Liverpool and Manchester, Wigan was put on the map by writer George Orwell, with his social critique The Road to Wigan Pier. Far from the bleak portrayal in the book, today the city’s collection of warehouses and wharfs are now a buzzing heritage center and cultural quarter.

Wigan is also the home to the World Pie Eating Championships, and the locals are known as ‘Pie Eaters’, so you can guarantee there will some tasty pies on sale at half time!

Where to Stay:
Manchester is the nearest major city, and Wigan is easily accessible by train. With its buzzing nightlife and endless pubs, plus great grub along the Curry Mile, the city is the perfect place to explore after the game. The lively Hatters hostel is close to Picadilly Train and Bus Station, but there are loads of great Manchester hostels to crash in.

Getting to the Stadium:
The DW Stadium is in Robin Park on the outskirts of the city center - the nearest airport is Manchester Airport, a 45 minute taxi ride away. The airport also good rail connections – Wigan North and Wallgate stations are a 10 minute taxi ride (or a 20 minute walk) from the ground. The Buses also run from the two stations to Robin Park – the 600 runs up to Robin Park Roundabout which is a 5-10 Minute walk to the Stadium.

London

The Match: Australia vs New Zealand

London needs little introduction – but only the Rugby mad know that the buzzing capital is also great for sports, home to the huge stadium at Twickenham and the Stoop, where the Australia vs New Zealand game will be held. The leafy borough in south-west London is full of great pubs to hit post-game, and then there’s the rest of the capital to explore…

Where to Stay:
The best hostels in London for the game are not in Twickenham itself. Trains to Twickenham depart from Waterloo station, so The Walrus hostel is an ideal choice. This former pub is opposite the station, but within strolling distance of the London Eye and the Southbank, and close to central London for a bit of sightseeing. For more London hostel accommodation, try the St Christopher’s Inn Hammersmith (near to the bus connection and surrounded by pubs).

Getting to the Stadium:
Bus number 267 runs from Hammersmith to Twickenham and back, otherwise the train your best bet - regular mainline trains run to Twickenham Station from Waterloo, Reading and Clapham Junction. The station is a short walk from the Stadium.

France:

Paris

The Match: France vs Australia

The city of lights is the setting for France vs Australia, at the Charlety Stadium. Once you’ve seen the game, the delights of the Eiffel Tower, great food in the bistros and impressive museums like the Louvre are well worth a look. France is the second largest Rugby League Nation, and has grown in importance in recent years. This is France’s first year in the tournament, and the French always put on a good show – and Paris has no shortage of great bars for celebrating!

Where to Stay:
The Young and Happy hostel and Oops hostel are both great cheap hostels in Paris close to the grounds. For a slightly more upmarket Paris hostel, the Periscope Apartment is right by Boulevard Kellerman, where the stadium is located.

Getting to the Stadium:
The nearest metro station is Porte D’Italie – just walk along Boulevard Kellerman when you get off. Or you can take the Tram T1 or the RER Line B to Cité Universitaire.

 


Toulouse

The Match: France vs New Zealand

France’s fourth largest city, Toulouse is in scenic southwest France, a region packed with rugby fans. Toulouse games always draw a lively and enthusiastic crowd, making it the perfect setting for the France vs New Zealand game, at the Stade Ernest Wallon, with a capacity of 19,000. The city itself has a vibrant student population, modern art galleries and some historic architecture to discover off the pitch. Make like the locals and drink Pastis, not beer, after games over there.

Where to Stay:
The Nouvel Horizon has spacious and fully-equipped apartments with kitchenette, and is right by Blagnac Airport and the Museum of Modern Art.

Getting to the Stadium:
Stade Ernest Wallon lies on the high-way between the airport and city centre, but can also be reached from town on bus line 16.


 

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