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…

5 things to do in Tokyo

Over Christmas I spent some time planning my trip to Tokyo and decided it would be great to share with you my top 5 things to do in Tokyo, and invite you to share with me some essential visitor attractions that didn’t make my shortlist.  1 – Sensō-ji temple I love meditation, so one of the…

Room booked for Rugby World Cup!

After a few months of weighing up my options for accommodation in Japan, I’ve finally opted for a home-stay venue. As you might have read, I was looking into a pod hotel…but the lure of staying with a Japanese family was too much and I’ve booked to stay with Yuko and Michael in Tobitakyu, a…

Could Quins rookie Alex Dombrandt take World Cup by storm?

49 seconds…that’s how long it took for rookie Alex Dombrandt to stamp his mark on Big Game 11, as Harlequins took on Wasps at Twickenham in a decisive match for both teams looking for a top 6 finish this season. Scoring the quickest try of the season and setting up the win for Quins, the…

Happy Christmas everyone

Whether you are reading this alone on Christmas morning, catching it as a quick email update or sat exhausted on the sofa after a large lunch…I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Christmas and I hope you all have a healthy, successful and peaceful new year. Almost 2019…bring it on!

Christmas KFC and Japan

Every Christmas, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families get their holiday meal from none other than Kentucky Fried Chicken. While I’m tucking into a Norfolk Turkey or a rib of British Beef with Yorkshire puddings, roast spuds, parsnips and carrots…the Japanese love nothing more that a bucket of KFC. Bonkers? Yes..however the more I read about…

Christmas in Japan

The holiday season in Japan seems to be celebrated the exact opposite way as it is in western countries. Did you know Christmas Eve in Japan is the most romantic day of the year. It’s the Japanese version of Valentine’s Day. Reading up on the topic, it seems Japanese couples, especially the youngest, book dinners at…

Overcome your fear in flying

I’m currently looking at which courses to book to overcome my fear of flying, however tonight I decided to check out a couple of free fearless flying talks, which come at the topic in different directions  however both contain excellent content which have helped me and might help you.  Firstly I listened to Les Possen,…

Kobe Kobelco Steelers win the Top League Final

Congratulations to Kobe Kobelco Steelers who have won the Top League final in Japan. Suntory Sungoliath were thumped 55-5 by Dan Carter’s Steelers at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. It certainly had a battle of champs about the match, as Carter lined up opposite old foe Matt Giteau at 10, in what looked like…

Betting tips for the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019

I like a little flutter on a big sporting event and in my book the 2019 Rugby World Cup offers a perfect opportunity to review the form and put down a few quid on a couple of outsiders.  I had a look at Bet365.com and it was interesting to see who the UK’s leading betting…

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. …