Rugby Skills and French Language | Joe Walsh Tours

Rugby Skills and French Language

Our Rugby Skills and French Language programme, approved and endorsed by IRFU, is run in association with Rugby and French which has more than 19 years’ experience in sporting and language camps.

Based at a fabulous purpose-built sports centre and camp, located in Soustons on the Atlantic Coast in the South West of France, the programme is specially designed for boys between 11 and 19 years of age. It allows its participants the opportunity to enjoy the game of rugby in a fun atmosphere while learning a new language, providing for a perfect summer break for youngsters with a keen interest in the rugby game.

The goal of the programme is, through experiences of our highly experienced resident staff, to help educate the young rugby player to enjoy, learn, respect, share and understand the benefits of rugby, notwithstanding his level.

The programme offers French lessons, surfing, sailing, kayaking and hiking among many other fun outdoor activities in order to keep the boys occupied, fit and happy. The atmosphere at the camp is one of friendship, energy and contentment.

We think that memories, friendships and skills developed at the camp will last and can have a very positive influence in a boy’s development. We are proud of what we do and we endeavour to maintain the highest standards in our coaching, training and language teaching.

Sporting Curriculum and Coaching Team
The core sport is Rugby. We are passionate about the game and believe that our coaching is innovative and can be of real benefit in helping young players develop their skills and maximize their talent and enjoyment. The emphasis is on increasing rugby skill levels, communication and decision making. This, combined with fitness work, will make the game more enjoyable and the player more effective in a team context.

All levels of rugby and sizes are catered for. Teamwork, technique and enjoyment are of most importance. The calibre and experience of our permanent coaching staff include the former Wanderers centre and fluent French speaker Nigel Osborne, Leinster and Irish International Kelvin Leahy, along with English and Harlequins player Bill Davison.

Nigel Osborne is an experienced and fully accredited IRFU Level 2 Head Coach, with over 20 years playing and coaching experience in the All-Ireland League. Nigel has also worked with Stade Francias in the French Top 14 competition and as a Senior Cup coach with C.B.C. Monkstown in Dublin.

All of our coaches have played at the highest level of the game and have secured their relevant rugby coaching badges. The coaches are all first-aid qualified and work in secondary schools.

Former guest coaches have included: Roger Uttley, Brian O'Driscoll, Denis Hickie, Serge Betsen, Diego Dominguez, Richard Pool-Jones, Jason Leonard, Jerome Thion and many others.

French Curriculum
Our French teacher is hugely experienced & all levels are French are catered for: Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced. There will be two French lessons each day.
The French curriculum is designed to help all students improve their French language skills, to help ensure they can ask for help, enquire about accommodation and make other enquiries such as ask for directions. The course aims to develop the students’ language skills essential for communication in a foreign environment. This type of aural and oral comprehension now accounts for 45% of the state exams. It also builds confidence in speaking, which is an essential trait for a student looking to develop his language skills.

During their stay at the camp the students are continuously immersed in all aspects of French life. It speeds up the learning process and makes their experience more enjoyable. The boys can also learn about the French history and sport, sample French food and attend local festivals.

Food and Culture
The food at the camp is excellent. It is specifically selected and prepared to suit young sportsmen, with all menus designed as per advice of a rugby nutritionist. The boys are provided with 3 set meals per day. Lunch and dinner consist of three courses. Cultural events consist of regular open air street markets, local games, festivals and rugby matches.

Smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited at all times and is punishable with immediate expulsion, the cost of which will be charged to the parents/guardian. Participants are not allowed leave the centre without an instructor’s permission under any circumstances. All activities are to be attended punctually.

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Transport & Accommodation

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Biarritz or Bordeaux
  • Transfer on arrival from the airport to the Rugby and French Camp with guide assistance
  • Accommodation on Rugby and French Camp for the selected number of nights
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and evening meal served at the Camp
  • Transfer from Rugby and French Camp to Biarritz or Bordeaux Airport for return flight
  • Direct flight from Biarritz or Bordeaux to Dublin
  • Assistance of Joe Walsh Tours representatives at the airports

Tours & Activities

  • Sporting activities, French language classes and tours organised by Joe Walsh Tours and Rugby and French
  • Full services of Joe Walsh Tours and Rugby and French highly qualified staff throughout the tour

Detailed Itinerary

    07:45 Wake up
    08:00 Breakfast
    08:45 French Class
    10:00 Finish Class prepare for Rugby
    10:30 Rugby
    12:30 Lunch
    14:00 Surfing / Sailing / Beach / Kayaking / Touch Rugby
    17:30 French Oral Class
    18:30 Rugby Match Practice
    19:30 Dinner
    20:30 Evening Activity Quiz / Trip to Market / DVD etc.
    23:00 Bed
    23:30 Lights Out


  • Travel insurance €25 per person (conditions apply)


  • Packages are based on shared rooms with facilities
  • A non-refundable deposit is required for booking
  • Itinerary may be subject to change; E&OE
  • All bookings protected by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland (T.O. 052 | T.A. 0689) and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK (ATOL 5163)