Amazing opportunites for companies who sponsor my trip

I intend the travel to Japan via the Trans Siberian Express with 3 core aims in my mind… – Firstly to  inspire transplant and diabetic patients both here in the UK and Japan,and show them anything as possible. As someone who has kidney and diabetes issues since the age of 25, I’ve been greatly inspired…

Who is in England’s Rugby World Cup Group?

England will play France, Argentina, USA and Tonga in the Rugby World Cup 2019. The opening match with Tonga will certainly offer a warm, but tough welcome to the tournament, with hard hitting Tonga taking on England in the Sapporo Dome. USA are the next team to face England in Kobe Misaki Stadium, followed by…

Could Faf De Klerk by player of the tournament

Scrum half nounRUGBY a half back who puts the ball into the scrum and stands ready to receive it again. That’s the dictionary definition, however for me it should be rewritten… A half back who not only puts the ball into the scrum and stands ready to receive it, but also has … A pass…

What made the 20 tear-jerking moments from the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

2015 was an amazing world cup for numerous reasons. As a England fan, it was bitter-sweet. Seeing England knocked out so early was heartbreaking, especially as I had tickets for the England vs Australia match. For me, the most memorable experience from the tournament however was the Japan team turning over South Africa in Brighton….

Does England win against Barbarians predict anything for the RWC 2019?

A young and inexperienced England men’s XV produced an entertaining performance to beat the Barbarians, but did Eddie Jones learn anything from this match? They won 51-43 with head coach Eddie Jones watching on, however most media commentators are stating none of the squad are expected to be part of Jones’ plans for the World…

Tokyo street photography brings electric dreams alive

I recently came across the work of Jun Yamamoto on social media and I was astounded how his street photography had captured Tokyo in a way that I had only imagined in my dreams. Crowds, neon lights, tall buildings, hustle, energy, electricity, modernity mixed with ages of the Shogun, it was all visible in his…

Could Cipriani be in line for an England call up?

It’s being reported that Danny Cipriani was prohibited from selection by the Barbarians against England, which points towards possible inclusion in Eddie Jones’ World Cup training squad. Cipriani has been in stunning form this season for Gloucester, and although he missed out on an England call up, many thought Pat Lam might let the distinguished fly…

Ireland announce training squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Japan will be the final charge for Ireland’s captain Rory Best, as he says goodbye to playing for Ireland at his fourth Rugby World Cup after he was named in Joe Schmidt’s training squad for Japan 2019. Ulster hooker Best, who announced in April that he would retire at the showpiece tournament, is one of…

Could Joe Marler play for England in the Rugby World Cup?

As an England and Quins fan, Marler is a rugby legend and can walk on water. No further comment needed As a Dad, Marler has inspired my son to play rugby and after actually meeting him, shown a side not many opposing fans have seen…he’s really a nice chap. He wished my son happy birthday…

Will Japan run out of beer during the Rugby World Cup?

Don’t panic and keep calm. It could be the stuff of nightmares for rugby fans, however organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised concerns that bars and restaurants in host cities could potentially run out of beer during the tournament. It’s a valid concern, as I know the Bok fans drank Villa Park dry…

Donald Trump attends Sumo bout

Whether you like his politics or not, you need to see not only the action in this Sumo bout, but also the size of the trophy! #SumoSize In a tweet later that evening, President Trump stated “Tonight in Tokyo, Japan at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan Stadium, it was my great honour to present the first-ever U.S….

Argentina announce provisional World Cup squad!

Argentina have included five European-based players in their provisional 46-man squad for this year’s rugby World Cup in Japan. Coach Mario Ledesma announced on Saturday that Juan Figal, who plays for Saracens, Nicolas Sanchez and Ramiro Herrera (Stade Francais), Facundo Isa (Toulon) and Benjamin Urdapilleta (Castres) have all made the final 46. “Some players from abroad…

Where are the fanzones in the Japan Rugby World Cup?

When I am on my travels in Japan and I haven’t got a ticket for a particular match…then one place I intend to head to and soak up the atmosphere is the Fanzones. Having experienced fanzones in England and France, I’m looking forward to seeing what Japan has to offer. No ticket for a match?…

Who will be Ref at the Rugby World Cup 2019?

Rugby is a game where not only is the team sheet closely looked at prior to kick off, but also who will be in control in the centre of the pitch. I am therefore excited to see World Rugby has announced the squad of 23 match officials selected to take charge of the 48 matches…

Where to watch the 6 Nations on TV

Struggling to work out which 6 Nations match is on BBC or ITV? Don’t worry, here’s your viewers guide to the last 3 rounds of the 6 Nations. ROUND THREE France vs Scotland…. Stade de France (Paris)…. Saturday, February 23…. 2.15pm GMT…. BBC Wales vs England…. Principality Stadium (Cardiff)…. Saturday, February 23…. 4.45pm GMT…. BBC…

Johnson reveals what really happened in Dublin

Possibly one of the highlights of the England 2003 6 Nations campaign, neigh of his career, Martin Johnson recounts the really happened in Dublin when he refused to move the England team to ensure the President of Ireland avoided going off the red carpet to shake hands with the Ireland team. Was it a masterclass…

Let’ see “that” try again

Happy Japan National Foundation Day!! National Foundation Day (建国記念の日 Kenkoku Kinen no Hi) is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on February 11, celebrating the mythological foundation of Japan and the accession of its first emperor, Emperor Jimmu at Kashihara gū on 11 February 660 BC So, in honour of such a prestigious day…let’s see that try again…you know the one we mean. and here you can…

Who will win Wales vs England?

With England overcoming a potential banana skin of French side in flux, England are preparing to take the golden chariot onto Cardiff, where an experienced Welsh side is preparing to rip into England’s growing confidence and possibly make their own stake for a Grand Slam. Eddie Jones has already stated his side will have to…

Why was Stephen Larkham sacked by the Wallabies?

Rugby World Cup winner Stephen Larkham has been sacked as the Wallabies attack coach and been moved into a new role with Rugby Australia. Will this have an impact on how the Aussies prep for Japan? Larkham, who won the 1999 Rugby World Cup and played more than 100 times for the national side, will…

England won the match in the first 2 minutes…

As an Englishman with an Irish wife, Ireland vs England in the 6 Nations has always been a possible grounds for divorce. Whether is was a bad TMO decision, a ref not seeing a forward pass or simply a yellow card ruining a great match…we always found something to debate. Often our debates started with…

Where can you watch the 6 Nations on TV?

Whether its watching it at home, in the rugby club, at the pub or in Currys…here’s where to catch all the 6 Nations coverage this year. ROUND ONE France vs Wales…. Stade de France (Paris)…. Friday, February 1…. 8pm GMT…. BBC Scotland vs Italy… Murrayfield (Edinburgh)…. Saturday, February 2…. 2.15pm GMT…. BBC Ireland vs England…….

Is Gatland going to coach the Lions in 2021?

Rumour has it Wales coach Warren Gatland has had what he called “informal conversations” about leading the British & Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa in 2021. Gatland, who will step down from his Wales role after this year’s World Cup, coached the Lions on their two previous tours against Australia in 2013…

Rugby World Cup tickets limited

Were you lucky enough to get tickets in the recent scramble for Rugby World Cup tickets? Organsiers are warning that tickets are now becoming very tricky to get, as the World Cup heads towards sell-out status. “While there is still reasonable availability for certain pool matches, tickets for the most popular matches remain extremely limited….

Who will win the 6 Nations in 2019?

So…it’s almost upon us. The Autumn series is now history, Christmas has passed and now all focus is on the of the 6 Nations and probably one of the most thrilling opening matches in the last few years, namely Ireland vs England. Both teams flying high in the world rankings face off in the opening…

Stephen Fry and his love of rugby

Came across this video on YouTube with Stephen Fry describing rugby as the most “exciting games ever devised”. Known for his love of cricket and Norwich City, he’s also a fan of the oval ball at International level. I would agree with him on his desire to see more exciting back play…however this video was…

Will Faf De Klerk steal the RWC 2019?

I am a huge admirer of the current Sprinbok team and feel something special could happen for this emerging team in the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Packed with world class players, the South African team are probably 4 or 5th favourites to lift the William Webb Ellis Trophy, but should they be taken more…