Soneva Fushi to host English rugby legends during 2019 Rugby World Cup

Soneva has announced that two of rugby’s greatest players will be providing live commentary for select matches from the 2019 Rugby World Cup at Soneva Fushi in Maldives.

James Haskell will be at Soneva Fushi from September 19 to October 3, whilst Jason Robinson will be at the resort from October 18 to November 3. At Soneva Fushi, the matches will be shown in the main bar area, with the rugby legends commentating for all interested guests on a complimentary basis.

James Haskell, who retired from professional rugby on May 7 of this year, began his senior career playing for the Wasps (2002-2009 and 2013-2018). He is known for being able to play in any of the three back-row positions. James also played for Stade Français, Ricoh Black Rams, Highlanders and ended his career after playing for the Northampton Saints (2018-2019). He also played for England (77 caps) and the British and Irish Lions.

James will be commentating on these matches at Soneva Fushi: New Zealand vs. South Africa (21/9/19), England vs. Tonga (22/9/19), England vs. United States (26/9/19), Japan vs. Ireland (28/9/19), Australia vs. Wales (29/9/19), and France vs. United States (2/10/19).

Jason Robinson, a fullback and wing player, made the switch from rugby league to rugby union in 2000, leaving Wigan for Sale Sharks. He scored 30 tries in 56 international matches, including a try in the 2003 World Cup Final against Australia, which England went on to win. In the 2005/6 season, he became the first person to win both the Guinness Premiership, and the Super League trophies.

Jason made his England debut as a substitute in 2001 against Italy, the same year he was chosen to for the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia. He was then appointed as England’s captain (the 118th captain) in 2005, in that same year Jason was called up to the Lions’ tour of New Zealand. He came out of international retirement in 2007 to play England’s summer friendlies and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Jason’s last game for England came in the 2007 World Cup Final loss to South Africa, when he was forced to leave the field during the second half, due to an injury.

Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Jason was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. In March 2017, Robinson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs).

Jason will be commentating on these matches at Soneva Fushi: all of the Quarter Finals, all of the Semi-Finals, the Bronze Final and the Final.

Meanwhile, Soneva Kiri in Thailand will also host a renowned English rugby player during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Austin Healey will be at Soneva’s resort in Thailand from October 20 to November 4.

World-leading luxury resort operator Soneva runs two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.

In 1995, the award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi pairs Robinson Crusoe fantasy with intelligent luxury.

Sixty-two private villas with their own stretch of beach are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers.

Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from, six different restaurants and countless destination dining options. In November 2015, Soneva launched a floating villa concept, Soneva in Aqua, a treasure trove children’s Den and a multi-purpose facility encompasses a glass gallery, boutique and studio where guests can learn the art of glass blowing.

If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.

Opened in December 2016, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and the world-leading luxury hotel group’s second resort in the Maldives.

Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru within a 5.6 kilometre lagoon in the Noonu atoll, and has uninterrupted ocean views in all directions. The lagoon is 35 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport and one hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi.

Meaning ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani currently comprises 24 overwater villas and one island villa, with additional villas to be built in phase two. Five islands encircle the lagoon, each one with soft white sands and covered in rich tropical vegetation. Four of the five islands will remain untouched, making Soneva Jani the lowest density development in the Maldives. The overwater villas are spaced across the expansive lagoon, offering privacy and extensive views over the Maldives’ turquoise waters. The island villas will be tucked into the lush greenery, providing the ultimate privacy, and all within steps of the beach.

Soneva Jani’s main guest facilities are located at The Gathering, the heart of the overwater villas. This dramatic three story structure is home to the main dining outlets, in addition to the Soneva Spa, library, retail area and wine cellar. It is located next to the Maldives’ first overwater Observatory.

Facilities on the island include the overwater Cinema Paradiso, the Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth centre, organic gardens, tennis courts, water sports champa and Zuhair’s Beach on a desert island in the lagoon.

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