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…

Tofu Pancakes are a must-have in our house every Saturday

We love pancakes in our home, so this has become a firm family treat on a Sunday. Try it out for yourself and see if you agree. The ingredients • 150g tofu • 1 egg white • 50g strong flour • 1g baking powder • vanilla essence • sugar Method In a bowl whisk the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Tsukuba Express just made world history

A rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early. Never in the history of train travel, especially in the UK, has a train company ever had to apologise for being over punctual. If you use trains in London or East Anglia, you’d almost love a train to leave…

Sumo – a sport of giants

Sumo is a sport that has fascinated me since being a small child. Imagine watching two giant men, walk into a temple-esque arena, square each other up, prepare and pray for victory, then face each other only centimetres apart. Once knuckles have touched the ground, they launch themselves at each other with such great force…

18 days of travel…what books should I take?

I’m an avid book reader and would often demolish a book in a sitting. So now my trip to Japan, via  Russia and the Trans Siberian Express, is in full planning mode I’ve decided  a few things. Firslty the trip will be a chance to tick off some of those classic books I’ve never had…

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…

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…

The Chase – Part II

Friday the 13th…a date that fills dread into the heart and souls of many people, including me. However Friday the 13th will forever take on another face to me, namely the day I was on a TV quiz show with officially the “worst contestant ever” (according to the press). As discussed in my previous blog,…

Japanese Deviled Eggs

You can’t beat an egg. Simple. Delicious. Healthy. You can argue with that. Now, give it a Japanese twist and wow…a totally different taste sensation! Have a crack at this recipe I tried last week, you won’t regret it. Ingredients 4 eggs  2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1/2 a cup of mayo 2 teaspoons of Soy…

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…

Japan set to take on Tonga

The Japan Rugby Football Union confirmed Wednesday that the Brave Blossoms will play Tonga on November 18th at Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse, France. The union also confirmed the game the following week against France will now be played at the U Arena in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris. What a cracking pair of matches…

The ticket saga begins…

I remember it well. I took a day off work, charged my laptop and waited for the golden hour to appear. The launch of the 2015 tickets was nearly upon me and I was only minutes away. My target was 2 tickets for England vs Australia and 4 tickets for Ireland vs Italy…a weekend of…

Focus on Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City

Adjoining Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture (along with Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures) is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, which represents the home of over a quarter of Japan’s entire population. As such, easy access allows many of the area’s residents to work, study and play in Tokyo on a daily basis…classic commuter belt. And because of…

The power of rugby brings people together

I’m a great believer that rugby can help break down barriers and bring people together. From cultural, class, gender or disability, rugby accepts the player or club volunteer and brings them into the “rugby family”. When my mother died, my rugby family held me close. Feeding me at the weekend, supporting me off the pitch,…

Focus on Kamishi

Revisiting our “Focus on…” series of host cities, I decided to explore Kamaishi, which is an industrial city located on the Sanriku Coast of Iwate Prefecture, blessed with stunning natural surrounds and a fishing port. After the events of March 11, 2011, however, many associate Kamaishi with the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster. Although devastated…

London to Japan by road…just 8400 miles

If plans go ahead, the Trans-Siberian railway could stretch over to Japan under a proposal from the Russian government. The two countries are reportedly having serious discussions to build a 28-mile bridge that would connect them for train travel. If the bridge is built, you’d be able to journey from Tokyo to London by train across 8,400 miles. Ideal for me…but sadly it won’t be ready for the…

Tahiti in the hunt for Rugby World Cup repechage place

Tahiti remain in the hunt for a place in the Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage tournament after upsetting the Cook Islands 13-9 to win the Oceania Rugby Cup 2017 in Rarotonga. They will face the Asia Rugby Championship 2018 champion in a home and away play-off with the winner progressing to the four-team global repechage…