Will Wales win against England?

Wales head coach Warren Gatland to select his strongest team for their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up game against England. Will Eddie Jones be following suit or use the match to make some final alterations to his final squad? Gatland’s side play at Twickenham on Sunday, 11 August before hosting the English six days later,…

Time to reflect…

Over the last months I’ve had to focus on home life, rather than my rugby, as my father was taken ill and sadly passed away at the grand age of 84. Dad loved sport, mainly football, cricket and bowls, but loved hearing about tales of rugby matches played, tours attended and the reasons I had…

What made the 20 tear-jerking moments from the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

2015 was an amazing world cup for numerous reasons. As a England fan, it was bitter-sweet. Seeing England knocked out so early was heartbreaking, especially as I had tickets for the England vs Australia match. For me, the most memorable experience from the tournament however was the Japan team turning over South Africa in Brighton….

Donald Trump attends Sumo bout

Whether you like his politics or not, you need to see not only the action in this Sumo bout, but also the size of the trophy! #SumoSize In a tweet later that evening, President Trump stated “Tonight in Tokyo, Japan at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan Stadium, it was my great honour to present the first-ever U.S….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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. …

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…

Once in a lifetime…

Rugby is a universal game, however its wonderful to see how individual countries put their own twist on the sport. The French flair, Irish true grit, Samoan pride, Fiji running it from deep and England…well, that’s a hard one to nail. With the forthcoming Japan Rugby World Cup in 2019 their promotional video offered a…

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…

2nd ticket ballot launched..fingers crossed (again!)

So, the email popped into my email account…”Book your tickets NOW”. I’ve entered the next ballot for tickets to the Rugby World Cup 2019 and if successful the trip and everything that’s involved is a GO…however I still have to wait to find out if I’ve been successful. I’ve booked tickets for all of the…

Russia qualify for RWC after Spain, Belgium and Romania sanctioned

Russia have qualified for next year’s Rugby World Cup after Spain, Belgium and Romania were sanctioned for fielding ineligible players. Spain had hoped for a reprieve after an investigation into their defeat by Belgium, which meant Romania qualified. But the panel ruled that all three countries broke eligibility rules and have been deducted points and some serious fines…

Teriyaki chicken meatballs with rice & greens

  During the Christmas period I tried out a few more Japanese recipes including this deliclious one I got from the BBC. Have a go, as it was easy to do, once I got all of the ingredients. The ingredients 2 shallots 1 carrot, cut into chunks 500g boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into chunks…

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…

Henn Na Hotel In Chiba, where robots are hotel staff !?

Robots are hotel staff !? Henn na Hotel-Maihama Tokyo Bay, is a might just give you a telescope into the future. At first glance, this appears to be like any other hotel. But inside there are a total of one hundred and forty robots (nine different varieties) working as hotel staff, garnering this hotel widespread public…

What gift should you bring to a Japanese party?White strawberries?

I love exploring more about Japan, its rugby, culture and food however in this video from “Only in Japan” I came across something I hadn’t expected…the Japanese love affair with not only the Strawberry, but how they prize a particular breed…the White Strawberry. As a lover of English strawberries, especially the ones grown in my…

Go Fund Me page launched for my trip

Sitting at home tonight, sending out letters and emails to potential funders and sponsors I thought it would be useful to start a Go Fund Me page. Not only would that page outline my mission for the trip, but also my background, what’s inspiring me to do this trip and hopefully encourage individuals to help…

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…