This blog covers my Rugby life at the RFU and Eastern Counties. I started the blog to keep the clubs I represent informed about what I’m doing, supplementing my Twitter feed and Facebook page, as a way of recording my thoughts and opinions on the game locally and nationally and to demystify some of what happens at Twickenham. The views expressed are my own and not those of the RFU or Eastern Counties Rugby Union.
I played rugby at school, university and at Ealing and Richmond Rugby Clubs until a recurrent knee injury brought my playing career to a halt in my early 20s.
When my son at the age of 5 wanted to play we joined Colchester RFC where I graduated from a parent on the touchline to coach, then manager, minis chairman, and Director of Rugby. I was a member of the Suffolk & North Essex Referees Society but I stopped officiating when the knees started to grumble too much.
I joined the Suffolk Committee in 1999 and started running the local merit tables, then was asked to join the Eastern Counties committee as Chair of Community Rugby in 2004. I was elected to the RFU in 2008 where I represented Eastern Counties clubs until 2017, sitting on the Club Development sub-committee, chairing the Volunteer Recruitment & Pathway Working Group and previously the CB Planning, Funding & Reporting Task Group.
I did this while holding down a full-time job in the NHS.
I was born in Nigeria and I have made several trips there to help develop Rugby in the country, and I closely follow progress there and in Africa generally. Most years I travelled with one of the England teams or with Commons & Lords RFC on tours (paying my own way) and I was lucky enough to visit South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Uganda, Morocco, India, Russia, Romania, Belgium and Canada.