Rugby and Royalty combine at leading Christmas sports event in Birmingham

Mike Tindall, Rugby World Cup winner and husband of the Queen’s grand-daughter Zara Phillips, is the guest of honour at this year’s Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon on Wednesday 12 December.

It represents another coup for organisers Eventmasters, the Birmingham-based UK sports hospitality agency – last year Sam Warburton, captain of the British & Irish Lions, provided the inside track on the 2017 tour to New Zealand.

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Our annual Midlands Sportman’s Luncheon has played a pivotal role in raising funds for the Wooden Spoon charity

Tindall’s take on the current England side and their chances in the 2019 World Cup in Japan will be particularly fascinating.

And no doubt there will be plenty of anecdotes from England’s 2003 victory.

Master of ceremonies will be Tim Stimpson, another England international.

Since retiring, Tindall has continued his rugby commitment, back at the grass roots with amateur club Minchinhampton RFC, who compete in Gloucester 2 – the pitch is conveniently located next to Gatcombe Park where he and Zara reside. Tindall, who with Zara, has all sorts of charity commitments, will during the afternoon present cheques to representatives of LoveBrum, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham charities who are the nominated benefactors of the Eventmasters Charitable Foundation. A series of fund raising activities have been carried out throughout the year. A silent auction will operate during the event.

Eventmasters managing director Denise Sheasby said:

“We are thrilled that Mike has accepted our invitation to be guest of honour.

“He is hugely admired across the rugby world and is sure to provide some amazing insights from his time in the top echelons of the game.

“Charity is close to my heart and Mike’s own fund-raising is particularly praise-worthy. I am delighted that he has agreed to represent the Foundation and make the cheque presentations to the three very worthy causes with whom we have worked.”

The 29th Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon takes place at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham city centre and represents an ideal opportunity for a company Christmas party or to entertain rugby fans among important clients and stakeholders.

Tickets are £150 per person inclusive of VAT.

It includes a four course luncheon and entertainment from top comedian Austin Knight to complete what will be a superb afternoon.

A stellar career includes writing sketches and material for legendary performers such as Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson and he has also been in the stand-up game himself since the 1970s, fine tuning and adapting his hilarious routine to cover the topics of the day. He is an in-demand after dinner comedian and certain to be a hit at the 29th Annual Midland’s Sportsman’s Luncheon!

Midlands Sportsmans Luncheon - Austin Knight

Veteran comedian Austin Knight will be providing entertainment at the 29th Midlands Sportsmans Luncheon!

Mrs Sheasby added:

“We are expecting a big response from fans of the oval ball and indeed sports enthusiasts generally. This is definitely one where you will need to sign up early or risk missing out.”

Last year it attracted a sell-out audience of around 250 VIP guests.

Tindall played outside centre for Bath and Gloucester, captained England, and made 75 appearances for his country, scoring 74 points.

Other previous Guests of Honour include Phil Vickery, Simon Shaw, Jason Leonard, Will Greenwood, Ben Kay, Will Carling, Gavin Hastings, Ieuan Evans, Rob Andrew, Dean Richards, Jeremy Guscott, Jack Rowell, Sir Ian McGeechan, Paul Ackford, Martin Johnson, Gordon Brown, Willie John McBride, Fran Cotton, Sir Clive Woodward, Martin Bayfield, Fergus Slattery, John Bentley, Bill Beaumont, Austin Healey, and Jeff Probyn.

Prior to Eventmasters taking over the event, it was run for 20-plus years by Moseley stalwart, the late Greville Edwards.

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Six Nations: England Squad Announced for Opening Fixture

England head coach Eddie Jones has today revealed his retained 25 player list ahead of England’s first NatWest 6 Nations match against Italy. The exciting opening fixture, set to be staged in Rome on Sunday 4th February, could represent a wonderful opportunity for several youngsters to enter the fold with Sam Simmonds, Alec Hepburn and Sam Underhill, in particular, likely to showcase their talents on the International stage.

It has by no means been an easy ride for Eddie Jones’ men ahead of the Six Nations opener, with injuries to high-profile players causing the head coach to make drastic changes to their training schedule in Portugal.

The England boss will be delighted, however, to welcome back Messrs Brown, Nowell and Robshaw, who have all recovered in time for selection ahead of the starting XV announcement tomorrow.

The retained 25 man list can be seen below:


Full backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)


Back five
Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) *
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Front row
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) *
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

*Uncapped Players

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Six Nations: England Handed Injury Boost Ahead of Italy Clash

England have been given a welcome injury boost ahead of their opening Six Nations clash with Italy after key players Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Jack Nowell returned to the fold this week.

Head coach, Eddie Jones, was delighted to see the three players training ahead of schedule as he continues to step up his side’s preparations for the trip to Rome on February 4th.

‘Both Robshaw and Brown had a great week’s recovery in Portugal, and both are fit to return to fill training today’, Jones stated.

‘All things being equal they will be in the matchday 23.’

Former England Captain, Robshaw had been temporarily sidelined with a back complaint whilst full-back Brown has been nursing an eye injury.

Meanwhile, Nowell has made a shock recovery from an ankle problem, which had initially threatened to rule him out for the next few weeks at the very least. Now in line to face the Azzurri, the 24-year-old could play in the centre for Eddie Jones’ men.

‘Jack Nowell has made a miraculous recovery from injury, and he will be fit to be in contention for selection,’ said Jones.

England boast a faultless record against Italy, and Head Coach Jones is adamant that his side begin their title defence in dominant fashion. They overcame their opponents comfortably in the reverse fixture at Twickenham last year, coming out 36-15 winners with tries from Dan Cole, Elliot Daly and Ben Te’o among others.

‘The way Italy are talking, they are full of confidence, and we are looking forward to playing our strongest team against them,’ Jones stated.

The game should certainly make for an exciting spectacle and fans will be keen to see their reigning champions kick off their campaign in convincing style. With fixtures against Wales and Ireland to look forward to at Twickenham, there will certainly be much for England fans to relish.

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(Quotes taken from BBC)

Six Nations 2018: Injury-hit England undergo drastic training schedule change

England’s training schedule ahead of the hotly anticipated NatWest Six Nations has been ‘changed considerably’ according to Head Coach, Eddie Jones.

The adjustments were made following a string of injury concerns to some of the squad’s key players.

Jones’ side, who are currently training in Portugal, are now undergoing a ‘mini pre-season’ schedule with no rugby being played until Thursday at the earliest.

‘It’s in the hope it makes the players a bit fresher,’ Jones explained, adding, ‘It’s how they respond [to the fatigue], and the mental part of the game is important.’

England face Italy on Sunday 4th February in Rome, and have already announced their squad for the opening Six Nations fixture, but this may be amended, following any fresh injury concerns.

There are currently doubts over a number of players’ fitness ahead of the game, with centre Harry Slade and prop Kyle Sinckler already being ruled out thanks to respective shoulder and hamstring injuries.

Jones reports that it could be ‘three or four weeks’ before Slade returns to the frame whilst it is looking like a minimum of ‘six to eight’ weeks for Sinckler.

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Eddie Jones will be without a number of experienced players ahead of England’s opening Six Nations fixture with Italy.

It will also be a race against time for Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw as they attempt to regain fitness ahead of the Azzuri clash. Full-back Brown is currently absent with an eye injury whilst flanker Robshaw is suffering with a back problem.

‘We think they will both be alright – Robshaw might be a bit more touch and go’, Jones added.

England have only a handful of rookie back-row forwards to choose from now, thanks to the aforementioned Robshaw and Maro Itoje nursing minor injuries.

Jones, who observed the back-rowers in camp on Tuesday, posits that only Gary Graham, Sam Simmonds, Zach Mercer and Nick Isiekwe are available as it stands.

He added: ‘The most capped player out of those guys is Nick Isiekwe – he’s 19. He’s failed his driving test five times. So he can’t drive anywhere, and he’s out most experienced player.’

The England Head Coach hopes to welcome Chris Robshaw back in time for the opening Six Nations fixture, but also believes that with the unfortunate injury-stricken period, comes a great opportunity to bed in the less experienced players.

It will certainly make for exciting viewing in February!

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(Quotes taken from the BBC)

Six Nations 2018: Scrum Down for a Fabulous Feast at Twickenham

Savour a sumptuous four-course luncheon at Twickenham in 2018, as England’s finest lock horns with their fierce Welsh adversaries in a stunning Six Nations showdown.

With the finest hospitality packages available from within the venerable Twickenham Stoop and deluxe West Stand Boxes, which are available for parties of 10 guests or more, visitors can sit back, relax and savour a fabulous fine dining experience as they line their stomachs ahead of a fascinating rugby spectacle.

Arrival sets the tone for the day, with an exquisite Champagne reception greeting guests in style but the delectable luncheon menu that follows is certainly the highlight of the corporate experience.

Kicking off proceedings is a splendid choice of starters with Poached King Prawns with Compressed Cucumber and Wasabi Mayonnaise or Beetroot 3 Ways with Lemon and Toasted Sesame Seeds.

The main courses are equally alluring. New Season Lamb Rump with Fondant Potatoes and Savoy Cabbage will undoubtedly be a firm favourite amongst our corporate guests but if that isn’t enough to satisfy the refined palate then there is also a scrumptious Roasted Butternut Risotto available with Feta Cheese, Herb Oil and Rocket Salad.

For dessert, visitors can satisfy their sweet tooth with a devilishly delicious Vanilla Cheesecake with added White Chocolate Crumb and Strawberries before finally indulging in an All British Cheese Board. Boasting the finest Sussex Camembert, Cheshire Cheddar and Stilton Bishops Blue as well as Spiced Tomato Chutney and Assorted Cheese Biscuits, it represents a fabulous finale to your delicious dining experience.

And if that still isn’t enough to whet the appetite then a post-match aromatic Chicken Tikka Masala with Pilau Rice and Garlic Naan Bread will surely suffice.

With such splendid rugby hospitality on offer, it is easy to see why our corporate packages at Twickenham are so highly sought after. Treat your valued clientele to an unrivalled dining experience in 2018 as England host Wales in the Six Nations.Twickenham Corporate Hospitality - Six Nations 2018 - England v Wales

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Six Nations: England Squad Announced For Opening Match Against Italy

Excitement for the NatWest Six Nations continues to rise as Head Coach Eddie Jones announces his England squad to face Italy on Sunday 4th February. The hotly anticipated fixture, staged in Rome, is England’s opening game of the tournament, with games against Wales and Ireland at Twickenham set to follow swiftly afterwards.

Following the weekend’s club fixtures, thirty-five players will travel to a Portugal training camp for a week’s worth of vigorous preparation before they reconvene on Monday 29th January at Pennyhill Park ahead of the tournament opener.

The squad selection sees eight uncapped players feature whilst 898 caps are shared among the remaining 27 players.

Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) is retained having already been involved in the England set-up for the first time earlier in January whilst Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) receives his first call-up to the senior squad.

Twenty-one year old Harlequins prop, Lewis Boyce, also receives his first senior call-up following the six-week suspension of club teammate, Joe Marler. The 2016 Rugby U20 Championship winner is enjoying his first season at the west London club having signed from Yorkshire Carnegie in March.

Outside backs Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints) and Nathan Earle (Saracens), who travelled on England’s tour of Argentina but did not receive caps, are also named in the squad.

Head Coach Eddie Jones is confident ahead of England’s Six Nations opener, saying: “I have selected the strongest available squad to prepare for our opening match against Italy.

“I am expecting a really positive training camp in Portugal and while we have a few players unavailable through injury or suspension, it has provided opportunity for others who will be desperate to be involved in the Italy game.”

Jones will be without England’s influential number eight, Billy Vunipola, who is set to miss the tournament all together with a fractured forearm. The 25-year-old was forced off at half-time in Saracens’ 15-15 draw with Ospreys in the European Champions Cup.

Experienced flanker, James Haskell, is also set miss out on England’s first two Six Nations fixtures after receiving a four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Roberts during Wasps’ European Champions Cup defeat to Harlequins on Saturday.

England and Harlequins’ prop, Joe Marler, similarly will be unavailable for the two opening games thanks to a six-week suspension. He will miss the opening match with Italy on Sunday 4th February as well as England’s home fixture against Wales at Twickenham.

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Our splendid Twickenham Stoop facility creates a genuine rugby club atmosphere for guests to enjoy ahead of the exciting build-up to the game.

With places available in the Twickenham Stoop, a firm-favourite among regulars, as well as places on offer in the luxurious West Stand Box, guests will enjoy England’s crucial fixture with Wales in unrivalled style. Offering fabulous fine dining and a complimentary bar throughout, be sure to treat your clients to a rugby experience they’ll never forget.

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