Sports Listings: Plan Ahead

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Ireland's Test against the rugby union World champions, Australia, at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, tomorrow is the first of series of international contests between the British Isles countries and the southern hemisphere nations.

In two weeks' time England play South Africa at Twickenham, where a fortnight later Australia will meet the Barabarians at the end of their tour of Ireland and Wales.

Next summer the focus switches to New Zealand where the British Lions will play three Tests against the All Blacks - 12 June, Canterbury; 26, Wellington; 3 July, Auckland - on their 13-match tour starting on 22 May.

A number of companies are running packages, but for those on holiday in New Zealand who wish to go to matches tickets should be available on the day for provincial games. The Tests will be almost certainly sold out and it is advisable to purchase them in advance. Tickets for the Tests cost around pounds 12 to pounds 13 and the provincial games around pounds 8 to pounds 9. For further information contact the New Zealand RFU.

Mike Burton Corporate Hospitality, Bastion House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JJ. Tel: 0452 419666. 9 June-6 July: three Tests, four provincial games. Cost: pounds 2,140 per person (single room supplement pounds 465, triple room pounds 2,055). 9 June-10 July: as above plus Singapore stopover. Cost: pounds 2,277pp (srs: pounds 578). 16 June-6 July: two Tests, 3 provincial games. Cost: pounds 1,840pp (srs: pounds 345; triple room pounds 1,775). 16 June-9 July: as above plus Bali stopover. Cost: pounds 1,957pp (srs: pounds 428). 21 June-5 July: two Tests, one provincial game. Cost: pounds 1,656 (srs: pounds 199, triple room pounds 1,618). 21 June-11 July: as above plus five nights in Fiji pounds 1,829pp (srs: pounds 227) or five nights in Honolulu pounds 1,840 (srs: pounds 359). 18 June- 9 July: two Tests, one provincial game, plus stops in Singapore, Cairns and Honolulu Cost: pounds 2,109 (srs: pounds 426).

Gullivers Sports Travel, Fiddington Manor, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 7BJ. Tel: 0684293175. 5 June-8 July: three Tests, five provincial games. Cost: prices from pounds 2,581. 13 June-9 July: two Tests, three provincial games, plus Honolulu and Fiji stopovers. Cost: prices from pounds 2,246. 17 June-4 July: two Tests, three provincial games. Cost: prices from pounds 1,889. 16 June-5 July: as above Cost: prices from pounds 1,923. 16 June-9 July: two Tests, two provincial games, plus Fiji stopover. Cost: prices from pounds 2,363.

DIR International Events Limited, Rugby House, Upper Chase Road, Malvern WR14 2BU. Tel: 0684 576787. 17 May-5 July: three Tests, 10 provincial games. Cost: pounds 2,975pp (not including srs). 28 May- 5 July: three Tests, seven provincial games. Cost: pounds 2,569. 9 June-5 July: three Tests, four provincial games. Cost: pounds 1,975. 16 June-5 July: two Tests, three provincial games. Cost: pounds 1,665. 24 June-11 July: two Tests, one provincial game, plus Fiji stopover. Cost: pounds 1,736.

Twickenham Rugby Travel, Travel Headquarters House, 9, York Street, Twickenham, Tel: 081-892 0011. Main tour: 17 June-3 July: two Tests, three provincial games. Cost: pounds 1,839 (srs: pounds 335). Options include the first Test and an additional provincial match for an extra pounds 335 (srs: pounds 175) and various pre and post-tour stopovers in Cairns, Fiji, Hololulu and Los Angeles.

New Zealand RFU, PO Box 2172, Wellington 1. (Tel: 010-644-4994995; Fax: 010-644-4994224).

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