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…

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…

Podcast interview with JRugby just released

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Lee Watkins from JRugby Podcasts, who heard about my trip to Japan via the Trans Siberian Express. From talking about the aims of the trip, what’s involved, how my health has affected my travel choices and what I intend to do in Japan…it’s all here. So,…

Focus on Sapporo City

Over the next few months, I’ll be writing about the various host cities for the Rugby World Cup 2019, exploring what they have to offer and what to see. This week I’m looking at Sapporo, which is the largest city in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, with a population of 1.9 million. The city…

Lions, Tonga and a house move…its been a busy few weeks

So, the British and Irish Lions have finally returned home with a draw..which I feel is certainly a win in many ways. Taking on the consecutive world champions New Zealand, the Lions came away in the 3rd test with a strong performance that ended with a lucky win…how Warburton convinced the ref to reverse the…

Japan taste defeat at the hands of Ireland

To prepare for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 Japan have to take the long and difficult road against tough opposition and this month Ireland came knocking to take on the Brave Blossoms. With a weakened squad, Ireland would still be tough competition for Japan, who hoped to ensure the result would cause a stir…

Amazing opportunites for companies who sponsor my trip

I intend the travel to Japan via the Trans Siberian Express with 3 core aims in my mind… – Firstly to  inspire transplant and diabetic patients both here in the UK and Japan,and show them anything as possible. As someone who has kidney and diabetes issues since the age of 25, I’ve been greatly inspired…

Why my Mum and a lucky kidney transplant drives me on….

So in this blog I cover my plans for my trip, my love of rugby  and Japan, but I  have never shared what spurs me on to do this trip..and that’s namely my health and my Mum. Growing up in Norfolk my early years were basically one of running in fields, exploring the countryside, messing…

Japan capture the 2017 Asia Rugby Championship

Japan captured the 2017 Asia Rugby Championship today after a 16- 0 win over Hong Kong. Not only was it the Brave Blossoms day of victory, but it’s also their 25th title out of a possible 30 and their 10th straight since it became an annual tournament. However critics watching the match have commented that…

Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 The draw!

So the pools have been announced and personally I’m very happy with the draw from an England perspective. Group of Death? Pah, say that to Italy, who have to face New Zealand and South Africa. Of cause France and Argentina will be tough competition for England, however they are teams we have an excellent history…

It’s Sumo time

One of the aims of the trip to the Japan Rugby World Cup is to immerse myself in Japanese culture, including theatre, music and traditional sports like Sumo. We all have a impression that Sumo is really a sport that is steep in tradition, never changing in hundreds of years, however you’d be surprised to…

2017 – what’s expected for Japan & the Brave Blossoms

Happy New Year everyone. 2016 has been a year that will probably go down in the history books as one of change, both on and off the field. From the heady heights of 2015 seeing Japan beating South Africa , 2016 has seen Japan finish the year as 11th seed in the world, with a tough…