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This blog intends to give you an insight into the world of rugby. We will be bringing you regular updates with training courses for kids and dinners and events for adults. basically if there's something big going on in rugby we will be able to tell you. Rugby is all about the community so if if your looking to get involved or wanting to know what is going on we will give you the definitive answer. There will also be a section for interviews with players and news from your club. Please feel free to join a debate or add your photos, the community is what's special about rugby so lets prove it here on The Rugby Diary.

Six Nations – A Call to Arms

With another big Six Nations weekend on the horizon, I challenge you to read this poem and not feel motivated to cheer on your nation with that extra decibel of gusto.

When the battle scars have faded
And the truth becomes a lie
And the weekend smell of liniment
Could almost make you cry.

When the last ruck’s well behind you
And the man that ran now walks
It doesn’t matter who you are
The mirror sometimes talks

Have a good hard look old son!
The melon’s not that great
The snoz that takes a sharp turn sideways
Used to be dead straight

You’re an advert for arthritis
You’re a thoroughbred gone lame
Then you ask yourself the question
Why the hell you played the game?

Was there logic in the head knocks?
In the corks and in the cuts?
Did common sense get pushed aside?
By manliness and guts?

Do you sometimes sit and wonder
Why your time would often pass
In a tangled mess of bodies
With your head up someone’s arse?

With a thumb hooked up your nostril
Scratching gently on your brain
And an overgrown Neanderthal
Rejoicing in your pain!

Mate – you must recall the jersey
That was shredded into rags
Then the soothing sting of Dettol
On a back engraved with tags!

It’s almost worth admitting
Though with some degree of shame
That your wife was right in asking
Why the hell you played the game?

Why you’d always rock home legless
Like a cow on roller skates
After drinking at the clubhouse
With your low down drunken mates

Then you’d wake up – check your wallet
Not a solitary coin
Drink Berocca by the bucket
Throw an ice pack on your groin

Copping Sunday morning sermons
About boozers being losers
While you limped like Quazimoto
With a half a thousand bruises!

Yes – an urge to hug the porcelain
And curse sambucca’s name
Would always pose the question
Why the hell you played the game!

And yet with every wound re-opened
As you grimly reminisce it
Comes the most compelling feeling yet
God, you bloody miss it!

From the first time that you laced a boot
And tightened every stud
That virus known as ‘rugby’
Has been living in your blood

When you dreamt it; when you played it
All the rest took second fiddle
Now you’re standing on the sideline
But your heart’s still in the middle

And no matter where you travel
You can take it as expected
There will always be a breed of people
Hopelessly infected

If there’s a teammate, then you’ll find him
Like a gravitating force
With a common understanding
And a beer or three, of course

And as you stand there telling lies
Like it was yesterday old friend
You’ll know that if you had the chance
You’d do it all again

You see – that is the thing with rugby
It will always be the same
And that, I guarantee
Is why the hell you played the game!

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RWC 2003 Revival – Book now!

ImageThis November marks the tenth anniversary of England’s glorious victory over Australia, in their own back yard, at the Rugby World Cup 2003. It’s a day never to be forgotten by England fans, many of whom will be keen to re-live the elation and revel in the memory of England’s first time win of the Webb Ellis Cup.

A number of events have been organised to celebrate the occasion, with many hugely expensive and well out of the financial reach of average fans, so Victoria Chipp, organiser for #RaiseforMatt in London, decided to offer real supporters a chance to re-visit the game, have a party and raise money for The Matt Hampson Foundation.

‘While it’s great that other charities and organisations are raising money through the commemorations, for most people, especially these days, hundreds of pounds for a ticket is out of the question, so we decided to set up a ‘people’s event. Duncan Townsend a well known supporter of rugby linked charities in London offered his venue ‘The No 1 Sports Bar’ in City Road, free of charge to us for the eve of the anniversary, Thursday, November 21st! This means we have no associated costs and all money goes straight where it is intended. The night is going to be great fun and a fantastic opportunity to network with like minded rugby fans.’ says Tori.

Admission to The No1 Sports Bar is £10 and the evening runs from 5.30 until 11.30 with the entire RWC2003 Final being shown on multiple screens around the bar whilst music from that year is played to get the party going. Extra time and Jonny Wilkinson’s iconic drop goal will be screened with sound so that everyone can relive those final nail-biting minutes. There will be a ‘happy hour’ until 9pm when drink will be at 2003 prices or better and everyone is encouraged to wear their vintage England rugby shirts. There will be an auction of rugby memorabilia including a signed 2003 England Rugby shirt, and a raffle. All profits from the evening will be donated to The Matt Hampson Foundation.

Matt Hampson will speak to guests at half time about the work of his charity that supports young people seriously injured through sport. Many current and ex premiership and rugby internationals will be showing their support for Matt by joining in the party. Several of the 2003 squad have expressed interest in attending and details will be released when commitments are confirmed.

There is a limited amount of tickets and booking early is highly advised. We can also offer corporate packages for those who wish to entertain clients.

Booking is through Eventbrite at https://rwc2003.eventbrite.co.uk/

For further information contact Tori Chipp -#Raise4Matt

Matt Hampson Foundation Summer Ball 2013

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Saturday 6th July – Matt Hampson Foundation Summer Ball

Our bi-annual Summer Ball at Marston Trussell Hall will be on Saturday 6th July. The theme for this year’s Ball is a review of the Lions tour of Australia, the last match is that Saturday and a preview of the Ashes which start the following Thursday. We’ll have sporting celebrities from the world of Rugby and Cricket with interesting and funny Q&A sessions from both sports. The evening will be MC’d by George Chuter and Craig Newby.

 
A table of 10 is £1000 or individual places at £110 this includes a champagne reception with canapés, wine on the table and 4 course meal, live band with guest vocalists.
 
To book you tickets please contact cathy@hambo.co.uk – mobile 07876 500 632
 
Hope to see you all there folks!!! Tori (@totti369)
 
Follow @hambofoundation on Twitter

Lions 2013 Squad

Full Squad:
Fullbacks: Leigh Halfpenny (Wales, Cardiff Blues), Stuart Hogg (Scotland, Glasgow Warriors), Rob Kearney (Ireland, Leinster)

Wings: Tommy Bowe (Ireland, Ulster), Alex Cuthbert (Wales, Cardiff Blues), Sean Maitland (Scotland, Glasgow Warriors), George North (Wales, Scarlets)

Centres: Jonathan Davies (Wales, Scarlets), Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland, Leinster), Jamie Roberts (Wales, Cardiff Blues), Manusamoa Tuilagi (England, Leicester Tigers)

Outside halves: Owen Farrell (England, Saracens), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland, Leinster)

Scrum halves: Conor Murray (Ireland, Munster), Mike Phillips (Wales, Bayonne), Ben Youngs (England, Leicester Tigers)

Props: Dan Cole (England, Leicester Tigers), Cian Healy (Ireland, Leinster), Gethin Jenkins (Wales, Toulon), Adam Jones (Wales, Ospreys), Matt Stevens (England, Saracens), Mako Vunipola (England, Saracens)

Hookers: Dylan Hartley (England, Northampton Saints), Richard Hibbard (Wales, Ospreys), Tom Youngs (England, Leicester Tigers)

Second rows: Ian Evans (Wales, Ospreys), Richie Gray (Scotland, Sale Sharks), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales, Ospreys), Paul O’Connell (Ireland, Munster), Geoff Parling (England, Leicester Tigers)

Back rows: Tom Croft (England, Leicester Tigers), Toby Faletau (Wales, Newport Gwent Dragons), Jamie Heaslip (Ireland, Leinster), Dan Lydiate (Wales, Newport Gwent Dragons), Sean O’Brien (Ireland, Leinster), Justin Tipuric (Wales, Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Wales, Cardiff Blues)

Run out with ROBINSON?! #raise4matt

Yes you read that right! How would you like your child to have the chance to run out alongside Jason Robinson at Welford Road?

One of the auction lots for #raise4matt that has kindly been donated by The Matt Hampson Foundation is to make that very dream a reality! On the 21st of April two star-studded sides take to the pitch at Welford Road. The sides are already made up of legends such as Robinson, Betson, Freddie Tuilagi and MArtin Johnson and with more and more household names set to join them.

At the #Raise4Matt auction you have the chance to bid on a package that would see your child run out as the mascot on the day in front of what is set to be a big crown at Fortress Welford. as a rugby loving parent what could actually make you prouder than seeing your next generation run out with the heroes of ours. The package will also include tickets to the game for a select few and potentially a non catered box if we can make arrangements in time so you can really watch one of your proudest moments in style.

Below you will find details to the game.

http://www.matthampson.co.uk/news/news-69.html 

This lot will be taking bids in advance of the auction in order to allow as many people as possible the chance to bid on a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Do not let this pass you by folks!

For all details on the auction and this amazing opportunity follow @raise4matt on Twitter or get in touch with Tori at raise4matt@gmail.com

www.justgiving.com/victoria-chipp1

#Raise4Matt

 

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Please contact Victoria Chipp for details, you can also reach her on twitter @totti369. There will be a strict guestlist in operation on the evening and it is crucial that you express interest through the correct channels to guarantee entry.

 

Matt Hampson Auction March 2013

A message from Tori Chipp

I am running a BIG auction for The Matt Hampson Foundation in the lovely City of London (date provisionally Thursday March 21st) at the No 1 Sports Bar. There will be some amazing lots as well as some drinks and pro rugby players (new and old) attending. So where the help bit comes in, it would be amazing if you guys could spread the word with me. The event is going to be invite-only as I want rich people there who will spend a lot of money int he auction and donate on the night too.I am also looking for donations, it doesn’t have to be rugby associated, just auctionable, rugby based is obviously very cool with me though too. Any donation of this nature will result in an invite to the event so pop your thinking caps on and see what you can come up with.

Furthermore we will be needing some help designing the invites and a digital flyer for the event so anyone that can help with that side of things will be hot property and again will be invited to the event.
Should be a great event guys and I am already really looking forward to it please spread the word!

 

Please do drop me an email if you can help on rugbydiary@gmail.com