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England overwhelm Six Nations champions Ireland

England centre Henry Slade scores a try against Ireland on Saturday

England Rugby manager Eddie Jones put another notch on his impressive record Saturday, guiding England to a 29th win out of 36 international Tests since he took the reins. To make the victory especially sweet, it was a conquest over Joe Schmidt’s formidable Ireland side at home at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. A testament to the power of Jones’ game-planning, England looked immensely strong as they took on the Six Nations champions, taking apart the host’s strategy and backing them into a corner.

Leading 17-13 by the 66th minute, England created a fantastic opportunity coming out of the scrum, Henry Slade first fed Jonny May the ball and then chased down May’s fantastic chip, a slick maneuver allowing Slade’s exceptional pace to seal the deal in a beautiful try. The work of both May and Jack Nowell on the wings was pivotal for England’s success in a terrific day’s rugby, with May’s opening try inside the first two minutes setting the tone.

Culminating in a 32-30 victory, Saturday represents potentially England’s most dominant win under Jones in contest with another top team, the four-try bonus point illustrating just how effectively they dismantled Andy Farrell’s defense, and the Irish squad taking a heavy beating at the hands of England’s driven intensity. Ireland lost Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Devin Toner to injury. “I don’t think I’ve seen a game where our opponents got so many physical, dominant tackles, where our opponents have carried physically in the manner that they did,” the Ireland manager Joe Schmidt confessed after the game. However, England suffered the loss of star player Maro Itoje, a presence who will be sorely missed going into subsequent games.

Manu Tuilagi’s long absence due to injury was forgotten as he bulldozed his way into the match, a powerhouse playing with the destructive flair that he’s known for, and the Vunipola brothers showed their incredible athleticism and sporting quality. Overall, England looked stronger against Ireland than they have during the whole of Schmidt’s tenure as manager, and England fans will be hopeful that this impressive victory is a good omen for the rest of the tournament going into their match against France at Twickenham this Sunday.

As always, Engage Hospitality provide full official hospitality for all matches in the Six Nations, which is a gold standard for the corporate hospitality calendar and a superb opportunity to show your clients a rollicking good time alongside the best rugby in the world. Be sure to check out our on-site Twickenham hospitality as we are official ‘Good for Rugby’ partners with the RFU, and browse our rugby packages here.

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3 Thrilling Corporate Hospitality Events in London 2018

Planning corporate hospitality events in London? Read our guide to find the best VIP experiences.

When entertaining that important client, it is essential to book a top-quality event that gives the right impression of your company.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best events for corporate hospitality in the capital so that you don’t have to. So strap in for our favourite premium London events coming up in 2018.

The 2018 BRIT Awards with Mastercard

The BRIT Awards are one of many corporate hospitality events in London this year

Sure to be a truly memorable event, the BRIT Awards are always the height of glitz and glamour, with this year set to be no exception. Entertain your clients in style this February by taking them on a night out with the stars, featuring this year’s stratospheric host Jack Whitehall!

The red carpet VIP package includes an exclusive performance from Critics’ Choice award-winner Jorja Smith following a champagne reception and three-course meal.

Take your seats in the auditorium & enjoy performances from a plethora of stars including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith & Dua Lipa.

This is the ultimate way to experience this special evening live at the O2 Arena. You are then invited to the official after show party at the InterContinental Hotel. Find out more or book your tickets for the 2018 BRIT Awards.

England v Italy at Wembley Stadium

International football at Wembley always makes great corporate hospitality events

This March 27th the great football rivals England and Italy will face each other for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. If your client is one of the millions of football fans in the UK, this match will get their blood pumping.

For the best possible experience, treat your party to the exclusive ICON club in London’s Wembley Stadium. Enjoy a three-course meal overlooking the pitch, complimentary refreshments throughout, and guest appearances from your favourite football personalities. Enjoy world-class football at the Wembley ICON club.

England v India at Lord’s Cricket Ground

London corporate hospitality events involving cricket are always a success

A One Day International cricket match is a day out unlike any other, and this July’s competition between two giants of the sport in London at the home of British cricket is not to be missed.

Hospitality at this match includes breakfast with a champagne reception, a four-course lunch, afternoon tea, and a fully stocked complimentary bar throughout the day. As always, big name guest speakers will be on hand to regale you with their sporting stories. Book with Engage to enjoy England v India in style.

(See also the 2018 England v Australia ODI on June 13th at the Kia Oval)

Other corporate hospitality events in London

Looking for something else? Engage Hospitality offers a wide range of exciting packages in diverse settings, and only the best corporate hospitality events in London.

Other highlights for 2018 include:

Click here to view our full events calendar. To speak to one of our advisors, dial +44 (0)20 7048 4848.

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England’s Autumn Internationals

Autumn International - Rugby

A year can be a long time in rugby…

This time last year, England were heading towards a shock early exit from their home World Cup.  Today, just 10 months into Eddie Jones tenure as coach, they lie second in the world rankings and are chomping at the bit at the prospect of extending their unbeaten run on the hallowed turf of Twickenham.

England’s annual Autumn Internationals have long been one of the sport’s most celebrated showpieces and this year’s schedule looks set for some real fireworks.  With South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia all due to run out at Twickenham, it’s a good job the home side have found some serious form.

It’s fair to assume that any realists at England Rugby would have accepted two wins out of four when these fixtures were announced late last year, but a 6 Nations Grand Slam and an unbeaten tour of Australia have changed the landscape dramatically and nothing less than a clean sweep of victories will suffice for the home fans.

Engage are offering clients corporate hospitality packages for these sell-out events, so, to whet your appetite, here is a bit of background information on all the match-ups.

England vs South Africa, Saturday 12th November

The South Africans look to be in a transitional period, with a new coach trying to establish his systems in a squad that, despite it containing many established world-class players, has a fresh look about it.

England will be buoyed by the Boks’ losses to Ireland and Argentina in recent months, but there is no prouder rugby nation and the chance to put one over England in a city with nearly 60,000 South African residents, many of whom will be in the ground, will be all the motivation they need to produce a typically fierce display.

The form book will count for little when the first whistle blows, so England will need to be on their mettle if they want to start the series with a win.

England vs Fiji, Saturday 19th November

It’s great to see Fiji, the newly-crowned Olympic sevens champions, playing on the biggest of stages against a ‘tier 1’ nation.  As with all the Pacific Island teams, you can guarantee they will field a side dripping with pace and talent who will aim to play scintillating rugby.

If the Fijians tackled any harder, Eddie Jones would be inundated with sick notes from the England players’ mothers.  As it stands, with even bigger tests against Argentina and Australia looming on the following weekends, Jones’ team may feature a few exciting young talents, further ensuring a thrilling rugby spectacle.

England vs Argentina, Saturday 26th November

Argentina have been a major force in world rugby for a number of years and they will present as big a threat to England’s chances of a perfect autumn record as Australia and South Africa.

Taking place ten years after the Pumas’ last win in London, the huge Argentine forward pack and mix of talented and hard-running backs will test England in every department.

It’s also worth noting that, on October 8th, Australia and Argentina were at Twickenham contesting the first ever Rugby Championship fixture to be held in the UK, an experience that will have familiarised both teams with the stadium and lessened England’s home advantage for the approaching games.

England vs Australia, Saturday 3rd December

There has been no greater contrast in fortunes since the World Cup than between England and Australia.  The Aussies, in getting to the final, earned Michael Cheika the title of World Rugby Coach of the Year and England, in failing to progress from their group, earned Stuart Lancaster his P45.

Fast-forward a year and England have a Grand Slam and a 3-0 test series victory in Australia under their belts, while Cheika has overseen 6 consecutive losses, one short of the Australian record held for over ten years by none other than England’s Eddie Jones.

Having suffered a couple of maulings from the relentless All Blacks and a recent loss to South Africa, Australia will be desperate to build on a strong showing against Argentina, but we can’t yet be sure of the mind set in which they’ll arrive at Twickenham.  One thing that is a given is that nothing could motivate them more than the chance of revenge for the summer’s home whitewash at the hands of Eddie Jones and his boys.  Expect an absolute epic.

Click here for details of Engage’s Autumn International hospitality packages.