I’ve played rugby since I was 11 years old and loved it from the moment the Under 13’s coach threw a strange oval shaped ball to me.
I fell in love with the New Zealand All Blacks when they played in the North of England in 1963/64 and our coach took us to the game to watch and learn.
I’ve played rugby wherever I lived – in the UK, France, Morocco, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
I’ve coached, been an administrator (in New Zealand and the USA) and made lifelong friends all over the world through this beautiful game, the game they play in Heaven.
This is a big year for the game. A Rugby World Cup in Japan in October/November with the reigning Champions (the All Blacks) to face powerful threats from Wales, Ireland, England, South Africa and maybe even Australia and Scotland.
So rugby lovers, the next two posts are for you.