The Saint Mary’s College Rugby Program recently announced that Italy will be the destination for their Annual Spring Tour in 2013. Learn more about this Saint Mary's Rugby tradition and how you can follow Gael Rugby around the world.

Win a Chance to go on Italy Tour or $2000 Cash

You can enter online now, for a chance to win a place on the Spring Tour with the team, or $2000 Cash. Each ticket is $25 and your purchase directly helps our players go on the Spring Tour.

You Are Invited

Over the years the team has traveled to the Bahamas ('77), New Zealand ('80), Italy ('85, '99), Ireland ('89, '98, '12), Australia ('92), Portugal ('93), France ('95), Thailand, China and Hong Kong ('96), Bermuda ('97) and more.

Parents, alumni, and friends of Gael Rugby are invited to join the Gaels on their rugby tour of Italy.

2013 will prove to be as memorable and special as the tour was in 1985 and 1999, when the Gaels last represented SMC on Italian pitches.

RSVP

There are a limited number of spaces available for supporters to travel with the Saint Mary’s College Rugby Team. Please contact Marty Storti at mstorti@stmarys-ca.edu if you have any questions. Specific information for pricing is now available.

Sponsor a Player

If you are unable to go on tour, consider sponsoring a player's spot on the tour. The annual tour (developed by Pat Vincent) continues to inspire our athletes to play tremendous rugby abroad and on our home pitch. Every year the spring tour is made possible by the generous donations from Alumni and supporters. To help, go online and select "Direct my gift to a certain area", click "Select Department/Program", click "Athletics' and scroll down to select "Rugby Club Fund".

Tour Details

The tentative departure date is Thursday March 21st and return date is set for Saturday March 30th. The cities we are scheduled to visit are Parma, Padova, and Florence. The team is scheduled to play a match in each city complimented by tours, and other cultural activities. The detailed itinerary is listed below.

Package Cost

$4,800 for a Twosome - ($2,500 without flights)
$2,800 for a Single - ($1,700 without flights)

Travel Itinerary

Day 1 – Thursday 21st March 2013
San Francisco departure is Wednesday March 20, 2013
Arrive Milan International Airport from San Francisco International Airport.
Depart by Private Coach for Parma City Centre Hotel.
Team Run Out for Squad with Local Rugby Top Super 12 Italian Rugby Club.
Evening Free for all.

Day 2 – Friday 22nd March 2013
Buffet Continental Breakfast for Group @ Hotel.
Session with a Top International Coach – Rowland Philips (ex Wales Rugby) @ Rugby Viadana.
Guided Tour of Parma City Tour.
Tour of World Famous Parma Ham & Parmesan Factory Tasting Excursion.
Team Run Out for Squad with Local Rugby Top Super 12 Italian Rugby Club.
Evening Free for all.

Day 3 – Saturday 23rd March 2013
Buffet Continental Breakfast for Group @ Hotel.
1st Match of Tour v’s Rugby Viadana Under 23’s Provincial Squad for all Teams.
Attend Festivities with host rugby club.
ATTEND ZEBRE RUGBY V’S SCARLETS RUGBY IN RABO PRO12.
Evening Free for all.

Day 4 – Sunday 24th March 2013
Buffet Continental Breakfast for Group @ Hotel.
Transfer to Hotel in Padova City Centre.
Session with a Top International Coach – Andrea Moretti @ Rugby Padova.
Guided Tour of Padova & Scrovegni Chapel.
Evening Free for all.

Day 5 – Monday 25 March 2013
Buffet Continental Breakfast for Group @ Hotel.
Team Run Out for Squad with Local Rugby Club.
Tour of Lake Garda for Afternoon & Surrounding Area.
Evening Free for all.

Day 6 – Tuesday 26th March 2013
Buffet Continental Breakfast for Group @ Hotel.
2 Match of Tour v’s Rugby Padova Academy Squad for all Teams.
Attend Festivities with host rugby club.
Evening Free for all.

Day 7 – Wednesday 27 March 2013
Buffet Continental Breakfast for Group @ Hotel.
Transfer to Hotel in Florence.
FREE AFTERNOON FOR ALL GROUP.
Evening Free for all.

Day 8 – Thursday 28 th March 2013
Buffet Continental Breakfast for Group @ Hotel.
Team Run Out for Squad with Local Rugby Club.
Guided Tour of Basilica di San Miniato al Monte.
Attend Opera at St. Mark's Anglican Church.
Evening Free for all.

Day 9 – Friday 29th March 2013
Buffet Continental Breakfast for Group @ Hotel.
3 Match of Tour v’s Rugby Firenze Under 23’s Provincial Squad for all Teams.
Attend Festivities with host rugby club.
OPTION TO ATTEND ZEBRE RUGBY V’S EDINBURGH RUGBY IN RABO PRO12.
Evening Free for all.

Day 10 – Saturday 30th March 2013
Transfer to Milan Airport for Flight home.

Tour History

Throughout the years, the Spring Rugby Tour has become a renowned and honored tradition at Saint Mary's. Over the years the team has traveled to the Bahamas ('77), New Zealand ('80), Italy ('85, '99), Ireland ('89, '98, '12), Australia ('92), Portugal ('93), France ('95), Thailand, China and Hong Kong ('96), Bermuda ('97) and more. With current head coach, Tim O'Brien at the helm, the Gaels have continued the tradition with Spring tours to Ireland in '02, '05, and '11, and to Argentina in '08.

View the historical image gallery of the Rugby Tour.

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