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…

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…

Focus on Kobe

As part of my revue of the cities involved in hosting teams at the Rugby World Cup in 2019, I decided to look at Kobe, Japan’s sixth largest city.  The Port of Kobe opened in 1868 and adjacent to the port, a foreign settlement was established for the influx of people and cultures from around…

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…

China aims to be global rugby superpower

It’s being reported that China is to host the richest ever rugby sevens tournament, with the top eight finishers from the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series to fight it out in the “Champion of Champions” in Shanghai in October.  The tournament, which is a similar concept to the eight-player ATP Finals in tennis, is part…

Time to try Tonkatsu

I intend to spend 4 weeks in Japan for my trip in 2019, which means I have to explore Japanese food more, otherwise I’m going to be very hungry when I arrive in Japan. I’m a fussy eater, so I’ve therefore challenged myself to make one Japanese dish each week, will not only expand my…

Japan blitz Korea 47-29 in Asian Championship

Japan began the defence of their Asia Rugby Championship title with a seven-try win over Korea, the World Rugby website reported.  Japan outscored hosts Korea seven tries to five to open their Asia Rugby Championship defence with an entertaining 47-29 win in Incheon. Ryoto Nakamura, Kazuhito Usami and Ryuji Noguchi bagged a brace of tries apiece…

Ever wanted to learn Japanese?

ted to For my trip to Japan in 2019 I’ve decided to try and learn basic Japanese, just enough to get me by in case I need help.I can speak basic French, but asking the way to the hospital or rugby ground in Japanese would be too much for me at the moment..so where to start….

Top tips for travelling on the Trans Siberian Railway

Over the Christmas period I’m starting to plan my trip and come across some helpful tips from fellow travellers. Here’s the top tips I’ve learnt which might help you plan… 7 Days on the trip with no showers…. The constant comment is make sure you take baby wipes to keep fresh and clean. Even first…