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?…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

The inspiration that is Nigel Owens

To me Nigel Owens is the complete referee, the main man in charge of 30 players intent in ripping the shreds out of each other. It was only in the last few years did I realise that this quick witted genius of a referee was also a ground breaker. Owens has been an inspiration to…

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…

My weakness and passion rolled up in one

Do you have a weakness? Shoes? Burgers? A nice watch? Well my vice is rugby balls…and I’m an addict. A massive, unforgiven addict who wishes his addiction will last a lifetime. When I visit a sports shop, the first thing I do is check out the rugby balls. From the design, the grip, the overall…

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…

Parling signs up for World XV vs Japan match

A World XV team will to play Japan on October 28th, with a host of tops international stars being announced for this gala match. The team, to be coached by Robbie Deans, will include players from Argentina, Australia, England, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.  Australians Sam Wykes, Berrick Barnes and Digby Ioane, will…

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…

The Chase

So, when you need to raise some cash for a massive trip and photography exhibition like the one I’m planning sometimes you need to think outside of the box. Yes, I’m still looking to sponsors to fund the trip, however I thought another way to raise the money would be to appear on a game…