Tour 2019 will find us hitting the road to Newcastle for the European Finals being hosted by this magnificent city that weekend.

The coach will depart early morning on Thursday 9th May, returning on the following Sunday evening

I am currently undertaking the latest instalment of my Asian odyssey, taking in Myanmar & Bali until mid-March 2019. I have to say that this blog by Indiana Jo has been invaluable in Myanmar, especially when planning your way around the temples of Bagan

The Road From Mandalay 2019

In July and early August another one was ticked off the bucket list with a visit to San Francisco for RWC Sevens 2018 before a five-day meander down the iconic Pacific Coast Highway to beautiful Encinitas in San Diego County


After a sabbatical in 2017, an emptiness was widely felt amongst the players which could only be filled with experiencing Tour once more, therefore a return to Malta was required.

A hardy group of 43 signed up with the main party of 35 flying from Bournemouth early on the morning of Thursday 17th May, returning on the Sunday afternoon, with a further 8 going from Gatwick.

We stayed at the Hotel Santa Maria in St Paul's and played in the Malta International Senior Tournament


Continuing my personal journey around South-East Asia happened in February/March 2018. The original intention to visit Myanmar was postponed due to the morally unacceptable situation there with the Rohingya people so, with equal excitement, the Himalayas of Nepal was tacked on to the beaches and culture of Sri Lanka and a flying visit to Malaysia


Without doubt, Iceland is a country like no other and, as such, had long been an ambition of mine to visit. So it was that, after an excited wait until November, Judy, Paul, Biddy and I delved into what the South-East coastal road had to offer. What we found was way beyond any expectations and a week of smiles, laughter and unbelievable experiences ensued while the famously expensive country ensured our wallets took an almighty hit. It was worth every penny!


Nothing to do with rugby or travel but I love music and these are worth a listen