Japan’s national rugby team had never played South Africa prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Furthermore, few gave them much hope against any of the teams in their pool group. Japan had not won a Rugby World Cup match in over 20 years, while the South African rugby had twice been crowned champions.
On September 6, 2003, England played against France in a World Cup warm up at Twickenham Stadium. I was there to see the hosts hammer France 45–14, but why was I there? Had I bought a ticket to be there? Actually, no.
It all began when a close friend of mine from my university days in Australia invited me to watch a Rugby World Cup game. It was late summer in 2019, and the tournament was being held in Japan...
Dad was born in Lincoln on October 27th, 1946. As a child, he lived in the north of England but moved to the south when he was about twelve years old. It was around this time that he started to play rugby.