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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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An Exciting Start for England Rugby in 2018

England v Italy, Twickenham 2013

Eddie Jones renews contract until 2021

Great news for all England fans, with the announcement that hugely successful coach Eddie Jones will continue until 2021. He will be working closely with the RFU in selecting the next chief of staff by the end of the 2019-20 season, hoping to maintain the new-found status quo.

Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”.

The big question on everyone’s lips, and surely a guarded secret, is whether Eddie Jones will be at the helm for what would surely be the jewel in the crown. If Eddie Jones led the British and Irish Lions to victory in South Africa it would mark the first time since the 1950s that the Lions toured all three nations without conceding a series.

Italy vs. England Squad Announcement

Eddie Jones has selected eight uncapped players to face Italy on the 4th February at the Stadio Olympico.

Five fresh young forwards in the squad will have their mettle tested, as the Italians are well known for their aggression up front in the mauls and breakdowns.

When Italy came to Twickenham, they employed cunning tactics to try and disrupt the momentum of England. Fans are left wondering what they will have up their sleeve come Sunday.

England have never been beaten by the Azzurri, so hopes are high that a young-looking England team can maintain the current 95% win-rate, spurred on by the knowledge that Eddie Jones tenure is set to continue.

 

Engage offers hospitality for the whole Six Nations tournament, browse our selection.

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Six Top Tips for Corporate Hospitality

An Engage champagne reception

Want to give a boost to your business relationships? Follow these tips to ensure you entertain clients in style.

In the business world, cultivating relationships with individuals both inside and outside your company is always paramount. This is especially the case when you are looking to make that big deal, or push forward with an initiative that you believe in.

One of the best ways to do this can be in a more informal setting, provided you do things properly. Here are the six most important things to keep in mind when laying on corporate hospitality.

Two Engage guests enjoying an event

Focus on building trust

It’s a classic mistake – you want to get things moving, so you cut to the chase too early and spoil the mood. You’re not in a meeting, so now is not the time to push too hard for a deal.

Instead, get to know each other. If you build a strong rapport first, chances are the business will go much more smoothly. However as always, be prepared to make your pitch if the client brings it up!

Know your client

Take your time to research what makes your client tick. Are they interested in sports? If they are, you have a great opportunity to show them a good time, and a relaxed topic of conversation as you get to know one another.

Be polite

When entertaining, the little things can be important. Etiquette matters. For instance, allow your client to take a seat before yourself. Treat your client with deference and respect to show that you value them.

England v Ireland Rugby

Make it memorable

Simply going for a meal at a restaurant, even a nice one, might not make the impact that you want. Get your client’s attention by doing something special that they are likely to remember, and you will find it pays off.

Aim to be early

Nobody likes to be kept waiting, and to make the best impression you want to be there early to greet your clients with a smile. This goes without saying, but you don’t want to risk being late and making a bad impression.

Luxury dining with Engage

Never skimp on quality

Finally, if your client is important to you let that be reflected in the quality you provide for them. Spending money on a premium experience from a trusted provider will make a world of difference in your client’s impressions of you and your company.

About Engage

Engage Hospitality provides corporate hospitality packages of a world-class standard, and we are official partners of organisations including England Rugby, Silverstone, Lord’s, the NBA, Chelsea FC and Wembley Stadium. To view our range of packages or to speak to one of our advisers, visit www.engagehospitality.co.uk.

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Engage’s Top Five Sports Hospitality Events For Late 2016

Sports event, football

2016 has proved to be a vintage year for British sports fans.  Stellar performances so far include: England Rugby sealing a 6 Nations Grand Slam in Paris; Danny Willett following their lead with a Masters golf victory in April; Saracens winning their first European Cup in May; England’s rugby boys continuing their roll during an unbeaten tour of Australia in June; Wales making the Euro semi-finals, Andy Murray claiming his second Wimbledon tennis crown and Chris Froome take his third Tour de France title, all in July; England’s limited-overs cricket team’s summer-long dominance; and a cast of thousands, seemingly, coming home from Brazil in August clutching Olympic medals.

For those of you whose pulses have only just returned to normal, we’re glad to report that the fun is far from over.  The remaining months of the year promise several huge events, many of which you could enjoy with an Engage hospitality package.

So, to help whet your appetite, he’s our guide to the top five sports hospitality events between now and the New Year.

Rugby Union: England Autumn Internationals

Twickenham will host England’s Old Mutual Wealth Series on four consecutive Saturdays from 12th November to 3rd December.  South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia will be taking turns to have a crack at the host nation, who will field a confident squad bolstered by some exciting new talent.

It’s a great time to be an England Rugby supporter and, with the team being unbeaten so far this year, they will be favourites to win all four games.  Don’t miss out on seeing some of the world’s greatest players do battle in front of 83,000 passionate fans.

American Football: The NFL’s London Fixtures

The NFL has visited Wembley every year since 2007, with a total of 14 games having been played to crowds averaging over 82,000 per match.  2016 will be the third consecutive year that London has staged three NFL games and, for the first time, Twickenham will host one of the matches.

You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the spectacle of American Football, where 25 stone monsters clash at the line of scrimmage whilst world-class sprinting talents patrol the wider spaces.

During the approximately 3hr match duration, the USA’s supreme athletes go head-to-head in a series of short, explosive passages of play, meaning it’s ideally suited to providing a comprehensive and novel corporate hospitality experience.

Golf: The British Masters

One of Europe’s most prestigious tournaments will this year take place on one of the UK’s most beautiful courses, The Grove in rural Hertfordshire.  Former World No 1 Luke Donald will be playing host this year, with Olympic Champion Justin Rose and Lee Westward joining him in a very strong field.

Sky Sports will add kudos to proceedings with live coverage and the course’s five-star hotel will provide the final touches to the ultimate luxury sports event experience.

Tennis: The ATP World Tour Finals

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, the ATP World Tour Finals sees the top eight male singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings face off in two round-robin tournaments that each culminate in final matches.

First played in 1970, the event boasts the most illustrious list of champions imaginable, with Borg, McEnroe, Becker, Agassi, Sampras and Federer all having lifted the trophy.   Traditionally a nomadic event, the ATP Finals have now been played at London’s 17,500-seater O2 Arena every year since 2009.  As well as providing a sensational setting, the O2 also ensures there’s one world-class British tennis tournament the weather can’t ruin.

Novak Djokovic has won the past four titles, but Andy Murray is tipped to push him all the way this year, doubtless roared on by a partisan home crowd.  This, however, assumes they both overcome the not inconsiderable challenges posed by, amongst others, living legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Football: The Premier League

Perhaps requiring less by way of introduction, familiarity must not breed complacency when it comes to experiencing live Premier League games.

As the most watched league in the world, it generates endless drama and provides week upon week of sold-out games, vital clashes and compelling derbies at a host of state-of-the-art stadia.

Who wouldn’t be enthralled by a competition that sees world-class managers such as Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Arsène Wenger pitting players of the calibre of Eden Hazard, Sergio Agüero, Paul Pogba, and Alexis Sánchez against each other?  The big names are already rising to the top this season, so now is a great time to treat your clients or staff to a day the will never forget.