Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Business Time

So now we’re into the business end of the tour. The next three weeks will determine how the Lions Tour 2009 will be remembered, not the fact that we have won the last five games on the trot! The mood in the camp is still really good; out of every tour I’ve been on this is probably the one that I’ve enjoyed most. All the lads on the tour are very easy to get on with, the places we are playing in are lovely, there are cool stadiums and we’re playing against some of the best teams in the world.

The Western Province game was a close call. James Hook’s penalty at the end was a cracker and saved us the blushes! Again, I really enjoyed playing in it although the weather was as bad as I’ve played in in a long time. I picked up a nasty dead leg with 15 minutes to go which has ruled me out of today’s game but I hope to be back training on it later today which will hopefully put me back into contention for test selection, so nervous times ahead for a lot of us.

Rob continued, “Last night we went out for Joe Worsely’s birthday. We went to a 3 star Michelin restaurant called Nobu to celebrate, it has to be one on the tastiest meals I’ve had in a long time! The 20 of us had to be rolled out of the place after the amount of food that was eaten; they even had a surprise cake to embarrass the birthday boy in front of all the other guests and supporters! On that note, the place is really starting to have a supporter buzz about it; they’re flocking in their thousands which is always good to see and great to have that behind you! Cape Town is the most beautiful place we've visited yet although the weather has been poor, but seeing as it is their winter it’s to be expected!

For the first time on tour the squad has been split up, the 22 playing today left on Sunday evening for Port Elizabeth and we will all get back together this evening! So it’s the last chance for people to make a case for a test spot, nervous times ahead but hopefully the Irish boys come out good!