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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Happy Christmas…

So, as I look back on 2017 and prepare for my Christmas lunch, I feel the year has been a vintage one with hint slight frustrations. You can never have a perfect year, but it wasn’t far off.  What was so vintage? Well, in 2017 I watched a England team put in some fantastic performances…

Jonah Lomu…a legend on and off the field

I’ve spoken before in my blog about the impact and inspiration that Jonah Lomu had on my battle with kidney disease, dialysis and coming to terms with transplantation. Today is the 2nd anniversary of his passing and it would be wrong not to mark this occiasion without saying a few words about this giant of…

England will need to step up

Did you see the England vs Argentina match? Inspired? Thrilling?  My heartbeat barely became elevated sadly as it became very evident in the opening 10 minutes that England had come to win by kicking points early and grind out a result. I’m not suggesting every time England play then supporters should demand an epic performance,…

Match venues confirmed for the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019

I’ve been waiting a number of months to finally find out where my trip to Japan will take me …and the news has finally arrived. Today the organisers revealed the team venues and schedule, meaning I can finally start planning my homestay locations, which world cup matches to watch and start making contact with kidney…

Japan in 2019…but who will host 2023

It’s a three horse race…or is it. France, Ireland and South Africa have now made their final pitches to host Rugby World Cup 2023. On 15 November, a winning bid will be selected by the World Rugby Council, but next week an independent body will put forth a recommendation. It will be hard for the…

Everything is now geared towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Possibly my wife would agree with the title of this blog…as my current spare time is spent with constant planning, blogging and raising funds to make the 2019 Rugby World Cup trip. However a recent interview with England head coach Eddie Jones shows the Aussie is now gearing up the England team for 2019 and…

Eddie still in the driving seat… for now

With under 2 years to go to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the role of the next England manager is already under discussion. Eddie Jones took on the role under the clear instructions it would be only until the next world cup and Eddie, being a man of his word, will probably step…