Sunday Times

Just a couple of very short posts for Sunday – have spent most of day at Cheltenham Hospital emergency chemo unit.

This is a good competition for winning tickets to the 6 Nations

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Australia’s Day

It was Australia Day on Friday and they celebrated with both their Men and Women’s 7s winning the World Series in Sydney!!

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Looking at their environment you can see why they are so bloody tough and hard to beat!

Going Japanese

As from today (27th January) you can apply for tickets for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

General ballot applications for Team Packs and Stadium Packs — allowing fans to follow their favourite team through the group stage or base themselves in a particular host city — will go on sale.

Applications will be accepted until the middle of February.

Tickets for the tournament had previously only been available to a select number of people who are members of the “Japan rugby family” or Japanese club team supporters.

A World Rugby spokesman said there had been strong demand for tickets in Japan and he expected the same level of excitement globally in the ticket packs to be launched on Saturday.

Japan 2019 represents the first time the Rugby World Cup will be held in Asia and also the first time it will be hosted by a country outside the traditional heartlands of the sport in western Europe and the southern hemisphere.

The tournament will be held from Sept. 20 – Nov. 2, 2019.

 

The link for England fans is here –

http://www.englandrugby.com/news/rwc-2019-team-and-stadium-ticket-pack-applications-open/

The key dates to follow England are:

Official Supporter Tours now on sale for international and domestic fans via www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours

27 January – 12 February: General ballot applications for team packs and stadium packs – open to fans around the world

19 May – 26 June: Individual match ticket applications for Supporters Club/Front Row members (register via www.rugbyworldcup.com/supporters)

19 September – 12 November: General ballot applications for individual match tickets – open to fans around the world

19 January 2019 – Real-time, first-come-first-served individual match ticket sales

 

 

 

 

6 and Out

Cassandra-like, I predicted a couple of days ago that in addition to the plethora of players already ruled out, there are likely to be more casualties before the 6 Nations kicks off!

Unfortunately it turns out I was right – Wales have lost Rhys Webb for the whole of the Championship – and because he is off to Toulon at the end of the season, he may even have played his last game in the Welsh shirt.

In a further bit of bad news for Eddie Jones, it has been reported that Maro Itoje has been unable to train at the England camp in Portugal and may be doubtful for the Italy game.

I suggest that all the coaches shuffle down to Superdrug tout suite and buy them out of cotton wool.