Pipes of Peace International Youth Rugby Festival

  • Date: 24 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Rugby Club Compiègnois


This annual festival of youth rugby combines education and sport
with teams from U14 and U18 age groups.

The event package includes:

  • Accommodation at local hotels in Compiègne
  • All meals
  • Educational visits to local historical sites in the Somme, Oise and Aisne regions
  • Training facilities in Compiègne
  • Festival at Rugby Club Compiègnois

Full Itinerary

Thursday October 24th
Outward travel to Compiègne
Educational Visits en route on the Somme
Hotel Check In & Dinner
Evening at leisure

Friday October 25th
Schools will be split into 2 groups:

Morning Training Session at Rugby Club Compiègnnois (10h00 to 12h00)
Lunch at Rugby Club Compiègne
Afternoon visits to the Armistice Museum in Compiègne,
Caverne du Dragon (Chemin des Dames) & World Rugby Memorial (Craonnelle)
Evening at leisure

Morning visit to Armistice Museum in Compiègne,
Caverne du Dragon (Chemin des Dames) & World Rugby Memorial (Craonnelle)
Lunch at Caverne du Dragon
Afternoon training session at Rugby Club Compiègnois (15h00 to 17h00)
Evening at leisure

About Caves du Dragon

This was the site of an old stone quarry, in operation from the 16th to the 19th century, which became an underground barracks in the Great War. It is a fascinating and terrifying place as from 1915 it was taken over by German troops who installed electricity, gun positions and dressing stations. The French recaptured it in June 1917 but did not long remain its sole occupants. Both sides then occupied it, separated only by internal walls to prevent attacks. Visitors to the Caverne du Dragon can explore the many tunnels which bear witness to the presence of soldiers. The names and dates carved on the walls remind us that this now empty place was once ‘home’ to many men.

About Compiègne

The Forest of Compiègne is a peaceful place where you will visit the site of the signing of the Armistice in November 1918 took place at the clearing in the forest. in a railway carriage. The museum recreates the scene of the signing and includes other sections covering World War I. with films, newspaper articles, photocopies, and old cameras, as well as flags and objects made from shells.

Saturday October 26th
10h00 to 17h00 Rugby Festival
18h00 Dinner & Presentations
Evening at leisure

Sunday October 27th
Depart for home

Option for educational visit en route to Ferry/Channel Tunnel on the Somme. Please enquire.