I love the Six Nations. I always get a real buzz at this time of year.
Of course, these days, with the ever-expanding fixture list, most of the time I’m either preparing to play or actually playing a
game when the big match is on.
This opening weekend, we had an LV= Cup game against the Dragons on the Sunday, so I was sat at home on Saturday with something non-alcoholic, watching the Wales v Ireland game on the TV with my wife and the in-laws.
Of course, things haven’t always been so civilised. I’ve had plenty of big Six Nations weekends with the boys in the past.
For the home games, a load of my old mates from school would pile on the train from Neath and travel up to the big city.
Once we got to Cardiff, we’d try and find the pub serving the cheapest pint of beer and get stuck in. After we’d watched the game, we’d keep going and all get on the last train heading west.
Unfortunately, on one occasion it became obvious that one of the boys wasn’t going to be able to, shall we say, go the distance. We couldn’t drag him round with us as he was in such a bad way, so we very generously all threw a fiver in the kitty and got him a taxi back to Neath.
His mother was there to greet him when he got home, though I don’t think he was very popular!
On another occasion, a group of about ten of us travelled up to Edinburgh; most by plane, and a couple by car.
We’d hired an apartment in the city centre and had a great weekend. Well, most of us did. The guy who’d put his credit card details down as a security deposit was absolutely paranoid for the whole two days, convinced that the place was going to get trashed and he’d get a huge bill.
So much so that he was pretty much teetotal for the whole weekend. Needless to say, we all took great delight in hiding things and claiming they’d been nicked. Funnily enough, he never volunteered his credit card ever again!
Finally, I’ve just agreed a two-year extension to my London Welsh contract, which I’m absolutely delighted about.
The past few years have been a great ride and I'm really looking forward to the coming seasons and building on what we’ve achieved.
The club have also just signed Gonzalo Tiesi, the Argentinean international, and extended the contracts of Greg Bateman, Franck
Montanella, Arthur Joly, Nick Scott, Dan Caprice and Hudson Tonga’uiha and it’s clear they have big ambitions for the future.
We’ve got a number of crucial games coming up in the Aviva Premiership and you can’t underestimate the lift such a positive statement of intent gives everyone in the camp.
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