Joe Schmidt plans to roll the dice for against Italy warm up

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is planning to roll the dice in his new line-up for his side’s first World Cup warm-up match against Italy. Jean Kleyn will make his international debut while Dave Kearney returns after 2 years of being on the sidelines. Rhys Ruddock captains the side from the back row, where he…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…