England XV v Barbarians, Twickenham, London, May 2006
It wasn't often that we got the chance to see rugby in summertime over there, especially with any Southern Hemisphere boys playing, so we headed off to Twickers for, well… a day of drinking really. Let’s not kid ourselves. The Baa Baas, for any uninitiated readers are a big rugby union tradition; a club that assemble teams of (often) just retired international stars with some up & coming talent that tour the world, and often play Test nations in a less competitive environment i.e. less is at stake so the style of rugby played is much looser and entertaining. Or as Stephen Jones of The Times would say, “Rubbish”. This game featured Kiwis Justin Marshal, Bruce Reihana, Xavier Rush, Sam Harding and the ‘Mercurial’ Carlos Spencer. Al in all a pretty relaxed affair as the stadium only had the lower tier opened, and we just walked up to get tickets at the gate… try that for a Test match. We go good seats, quite close to the pitch and settled in while the Baas Baas ran in defied their pedigree and let the English selection tear into them, scoring 6 tries to 3 and winning 46-19. We all blamed Justin Marshall, but that’s nothing new. A grand day out, followed by a a relaxing train ride back in to Waterloo, and followed with many more beers at The White Hart on Cornwall Road. Get them in! Here’s ‘Black Sheep Boy’ by Okkervil River.