French Alps snow a no-go

You will find me in the French ski resort of Val D’Isere over the next few days.

It’s not very often during a professional rugby season that any of us get to go away for the weekend, let alone go on a stag do.

But I am doing both to celebrate with London Irish’s Shane Geraghty, who is getting married soon. I know him from our school days together at Colston’s.

There’s a few other rugby lads going too like Topsy Ojo.

While they may be planning to scoot down the slopes that the resort has to offer, I will doing no such thing.

Firstly, with my knees, it’s a non-starter and secondly, I don’t like snow and I don’t like the cold!

But the chance to chill out, have a laugh and have the odd beer is something I am really looking forward to. I strongly believe that getting away from the job you do, does you a world of good and gives you a spring in your step when you back to it - especially as I have spent the first part of this week going into the club to train while everyone else is off so I stay ahead of things.

There are a few of the boys at Leicester who are getting away too with the odd trip to Dubai being discussed before we left for a week off.

It’s going to be a seriously tough run in for us when the Aviva Premiership resumes in a few weeks time so if the boys come fresh and relaxed it will bode well for our chances of reaching the final again.

We have gone into this break with a smile on our faces after putting 48 points on Sale last weekend.

Jordan Crane is getting away from work going on a stag do.

That saw us climb to within a point of the top two in the table and we know that Harlequins and Saracens have still got to play each other. If we win all five of our remaining games, I am certain we will get the home semi-final we have targeted.

With a bit more luck and precision, we could be sitting pretty at the top of the table going into this break, instead of third.

We had lost to Quins and Sarries in the fortnight before beating Sale but we had been ahead in both of those games at half-time. A few refereeing decisions and some poor execution combined to cost us both games at the final whistle.

We were gutted to lose them but there were certainly plenty of positives to come out of those games and that is something we took forward in training before we beat Sale.

When we get back into it, we have Exeter, Northampton and Toulon away on consecutive weekends. If that’s not a fixture list to get you excited as a player, nothing will.

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