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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

Dreams can come true

Sometimes you need to dream. Sometimes you experience something that totally lifts the heart and mind to another level. Sometimes…just sometimes…you just wish you could drop everything and chase that burning desire in your heart. Koji Tokumasu knows exactly what it means. However unlike most people he fully acted on his dreams and followed them…

Japan secure fantastic draw against France

Last week I stated Japan needed to set down a marker with France… I also stated when you play France you never know which team will turn up and Japan might have a serious chance of taking a sneaky draw or win… Fast forward to Saturday and both came true. What a result! Japan fought…

Time to put down a marker for 2019

Japan took great strides at the last World Cup in England, securing their first ever win over South Africa, 34-32, while winning three of their four matches, but narrowly missing out on progress to the knockout stages. Now Japan coach, Jamie Joseph feels improvements need to occur, if ranking points are dropped. Joseph recently stated “Since…

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…

Is Dan Carter about to sign for a Japanese club?

All Blacks great Dan Carter has been tipped to sign a new contract in Japan, with Kobe Kobelco Steelers leading the pack in signing the All Black legend The former All Blacks revealed a strong desire to bring his family home once his lucrative stint at Racing Metro in France is complete next year. However French newspaper…