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Vive Le Long Lunch

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Join us for a very special lunch ahead of the Wallabies final preparation match leading into the Rugby World Cup against France at Stade de France. MC Sean Maloney is joined by special guests including 1999 Rugby World Cup winner Joe Roff, new Rugby Australia CEO Phil Waugh and Morgan Turinui to discuss the Wallabies' chances and what to expect as they tour around France this September & October.

Our guests will provide unique insights, with Roff & Turinui having played and lived in France - Roff with Biarritz, Turinui with Stade Francais, and Waugh having toured with the Wallabies there, including the 2007 Rugby World Cup.  All of this means there will be plenty of entertaining stories from the French experience.

Darling Harbour's Atelier by Sofitel is the perfect venue for this occasion. Inspired by the customs and flavours found in the South of France, Atelier delivers a modern twist on classic French cuisine. Using local ingredients and unexpected tastes,  Atelier serves a sensory dining experience that honours past and present.

You'll enjoy a three course banquet menu, 3.5 hour beer, wine & soft drink beverage package, lots of laughs and a classic afternoon catching up with colleagues, clients and friends. 

Proceeds from the long lunch go to supporting the Classic Wallabies' grassroots rugby clinics in clubs right around Australia.


Date: Thursday 24 August

Time: 12:00pm - 3:30pm


Individual or small group bookings are welcome, or book your very own table of ten.


Individual: $250

Group of 10: $2,500

Includes 3.5 hour food & beverage package, souvenir stubby holder + entertainment.

Please note: ticket prices do not include entry to the match. If you're planning to attend the match, tickets are at your own arrangements

*Seating is on long tables of various capacities, with potential to accommodate groups of up to 26 people on the one table if desired. If you'd like a group of more than 10 guests seated together please let us know when ordering or contact us.


Business casual, though Wallabies Gold is always welcome! 


Atelier By Sofitel

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (Google Maps)

Level 3/12 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is located next to the dynamic new International Convention Centre and steps from the shopping area. Sydney’s Central Business District is a short walk across historic Pyrmont Bridge. Ferries from Darling Harbour take you under iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is 30-minute drive from Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport. Private transfers, rental vehicles, and limousines to and from the airport can be organized with our Concierge Desk.


Valet parking is offered at a rate of AU$89 per car per day with a entry height of 2m. Alternatively, two adjacent parking lots are available for self-parking – Wilson Darling Harbour Car Park or ICC Car Park (These are not affiliated with the Sofitel, Contact them directly for prices). Our Valet Carpark service includes unlimited in/out carpark privileges during your stay.


Airport Link Trains are available between Sydney Airport and Central Station, approximately every 10 minutes. To use this service, you will need to purchase an Opal Card from the station. From Central Station transfer onto the light rail – L1 line and stop at Convention Centre light rail – the station is located 100 meters away for the hotel.

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