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…

Japanese pod hotels

Tickets now booked – TICK Fearless flyer course – booking shortly…. Accommodation – ……looks like a pod hotel! Tokyo is one of the worlds most expensive cities to live in or visit, so for my trip to the RWC2019 I’m weighing up three types of accommodation for best value mixed with enjoying the culture. Airbnb…

5 things to do in Yokohama City

I’ve been doing some research on Yokohama, where England will play their final match of the pool group for the Japan Rugby World Cup against its oldest enemy France on October 12th. I hope to spend possibly Thursday, but almost certainly Friday and Saturday in Yokohama, with the Sunday being the day I fly back. …

Cometh the hour, cometh the man

A few years ago I watched a young Kyle Sinckler pull on an England shirt for the first time against the Baa-Baas at Twickenham. At the time I was hearing whispers about the potential of this young player from Quins who had the potential to be the rock the England scrum would be built around….

Disabled travel in Japan

As someone who has diabetes, arthritis and a kidney transplant, long distance travel is something I worry about.  I’m worried on so many levels, from carrying the correct medication, what happens if something happens, where is the nearest consultant, how will I cope with a arthritis flare abroad on my own, stress affecting my kidney…

Sam Burgess strikes back

One of the mysteries of the 2015 Rugby World Cup was the inclusion of Sam Burgess in the England team. A player of remarkable talent in Rugby League, he was fast tracked at Bath and with England with one aim in mind…making the difference at the the 2015 RWC. As Sam has acknowledged, although the…

Success! I’ve finally got tickets…

Cornflakes never tasted so good… Sitting at the breakfast table I heard the phone ping this morning. Normally its a recruitment agency job alert (which I keep meaning to unsubscribe from) or Vodafone trying to upgrade my phone package. Today was a something totally different. Through my early morning glazed eyes I saw in the…

Ireland sweep the board

In Monaco this week Ireland won the triple crown, not on the field, but at the World Rugby Awards, winning the Team, Player (Johnny Sexton) and Coach (Joe Schmidt) of the Year awards. A fantastic achievement and truly deserved. As a scrum half, I personally would of loved to see Faf De Klerk win the…

The Brighton Miracle

In lives in the memories of every rugby fan who watched the match or saw the highlights, now the epic match between Japan and South Africa in the 2015 World Cup is set to be made into a film. Temuera Morrison is set to play Eddie Jones, the Aussie coach who was in charge of…

Once in a lifetime…

Rugby is a universal game, however its wonderful to see how individual countries put their own twist on the sport. The French flair, Irish true grit, Samoan pride, Fiji running it from deep and England…well, that’s a hard one to nail. With the forthcoming Japan Rugby World Cup in 2019 their promotional video offered a…

Never…Never…Never Give Up!

It’s been a while (again) since I last updated my blog. Why some might ask? Well, I’ve had a few setbacks, but I’ve wised up, had a good talking to myself, refocused and reignited my passion. No surrender. So…what’s happened….. – I’ve entered in the 3rd, yes the 3rd ballot for tickets. I’ll hear back…

Heartbreaking news concerning the ticket ballot

So its been a while since I last blogged about the potential trip…so here’s the update. Good news! I’ve changed jobs (hooray!). Loving my new PR and Marketing role. I applied for tickets for the rugby world cup in Japan and was successful!!! Bad news.. The tickets I secured for the world cup were only…

2nd ticket ballot launched..fingers crossed (again!)

So, the email popped into my email account…”Book your tickets NOW”. I’ve entered the next ballot for tickets to the Rugby World Cup 2019 and if successful the trip and everything that’s involved is a GO…however I still have to wait to find out if I’ve been successful. I’ve booked tickets for all of the…

Russia qualify for RWC after Spain, Belgium and Romania sanctioned

Russia have qualified for next year’s Rugby World Cup after Spain, Belgium and Romania were sanctioned for fielding ineligible players. Spain had hoped for a reprieve after an investigation into their defeat by Belgium, which meant Romania qualified. But the panel ruled that all three countries broke eligibility rules and have been deducted points and some serious fines…

Got to keep going…

This blog is a record of some of my passions in life. Rugby. Food. Travel. My family. However one thing that often creeps into all 4 elements of that list is my health. It’s been a tough few months, so I took some time off blogging to get my body and mind back in shape….

Teriyaki chicken meatballs with rice & greens

  During the Christmas period I tried out a few more Japanese recipes including this deliclious one I got from the BBC. Have a go, as it was easy to do, once I got all of the ingredients. The ingredients 2 shallots 1 carrot, cut into chunks 500g boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into chunks…

Tofu Pancakes are a must-have in our house every Saturday

We love pancakes in our home, so this has become a firm family treat on a Sunday. Try it out for yourself and see if you agree. The ingredients • 150g tofu • 1 egg white • 50g strong flour • 1g baking powder • vanilla essence • sugar Method In a bowl whisk the…

Have you tried Sesame beef wraps?

Looking for a Asian inspired treat? I tried cooking these for my family and they loved them…simple, easy and fresh. Good luck! The ingredients 1 tsp vegetable oil 175g beef steak, cut into thin strips 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2cm piece fresh root ginger, thinly sliced and cut into…

The ticket ballot has opened!

So, the time has come… Time to step up and put my hat into the ring… It’s ballot time… …and I’ve put in for my England bundle tickets! Early this morning I sat down, logged onto the rugby world cup ticketing site  and took the decision to put my down in the ballot for all…

Ren and G are set to welcome me in Japan

Every major sporting event has to have a mascot, with football possibly being the most recognisable, however rugby is hitting back with the launch of Ren and G for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Even though I wasn’t born in 1966, I’m very familiar with the iconic World Cup Willie, the 12th man for the …

Henn Na Hotel In Chiba, where robots are hotel staff !?

Robots are hotel staff !? Henn na Hotel-Maihama Tokyo Bay, is a might just give you a telescope into the future. At first glance, this appears to be like any other hotel. But inside there are a total of one hundred and forty robots (nine different varieties) working as hotel staff, garnering this hotel widespread public…

Tatsuya Tanaka Builds Tiny Worlds in his Daily Miniature Calendar Photo Project

Since April 2011, Japan based art director and photographer Tatsuya Tanaka’s imagination has built a magnificent number of miniature worlds. Through the artist’s clever lens, everyday activities like construction work, walking the dog, getting a parking ticket, and plowing through a blizzard become delight-inducing scenarios. Tanaka also plays with pop culture references, building staple skyscrapers…

I’m not the only one mad enough to attempt the trip!

Over Christmas I read the amazing story of Ed Miller, a teacher from the UK, who decided after surviving cancer he would travel to Australia to watch the Ashes, however he would take the tough route. No flights would be included in his epic trip, just road, boat and train…just like me. A treacherous trek…

The rugby world owe a debt to Samoa

Its been recently reported that Samoa rugby is bankrupt… What a sad state of affairs for the world of rugby to see this proud rugby nation struggling financially, when its offered so much to the rugby world. I’m from a generation that remember the impact (Western) Samoa had at the 1991 Rugby World Cup. They made…

Help sponsor me for my trip to Japan in 2019

In my blog I talk about many things from Japan, Russia and Norfolk to  rugby, food and culture….but why? For me, its hope, for young kidney patients its inspiration.  This blog is my way of sharing my plans to visit Japan in 2019, which will incorporate meeting kidney patients in Japan, sharing their story and…

The Japan Rugby Blog 2017 rugby awards

So over the Christmas period we have sat down to work out the following shortlists and winners of our inagural Japan Rugby Blog 2017 awards. If you don’tagree witht the winners, them please leave your comments below and pick your winners. Best match featuring Japan in 2017 Shortlist… France vs Japan Japan vs Tonga Japan…

Could Roberts be Japan bound?

Wales and Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts is considering a move to Japan at the end of the season. As a Quins fan, I’ve loved seeing Roberts play, however felt his impact has been somewhat limited in the current structure. With John Kingston looking reluctant to resign a player at the age of 31, Roberts possible move to…