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Trip Report Our 3 week UK trip, RLWC & so much more.

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So I've just realised that I haven't done this T/R, getting a bit slack!! But I really do owe you all a huge thanks for help in planning this rather last minute trip, so here goes.

Our future son in law (wedding in Oct' :-) ) was selected earlier in the year to be on the squad to play for Italy in the Rugby League World Cup, being played in the UK, from late October into November. Yes, he is Australian but he qualified as his father is Italian and he plays in the local comp' here in Brisbane. He didn't actually get the call up to tour until about 4 weeks before game 1. So with much excited we put together a 3 week trip to watch him play. There would be a few of us going to watch the games, but we would all travel independently, his fiancé, our daughter travelled over with his parents, as we used points with Malaysia airlines and they travelled Etihad. They left a few hours before us, and arrived into LHR at around midday, we were due to land about 4pm. So they booked 2 Yotel rooms at the airport to wait for us. They highly recommend this, as they got to shower and have a rest while waiting. We travelled b/class so managed a fairly restful trip, and were ready to go as soon as we arrived.

They were waiting for us at arrivals, then it was onto Sixt to collect the van we had booked, due to 'us' being 5 adults with lots of luggage. We headed off to Cardiff, where the first game would be the next day. On the way we got a call from Sam (the football player) to say he'd like us to call into their team hotel to say 'gidday', as he'd been there for a couple of weeks and was ready to see some faces from home (one in particular ;-) )

So we called into the beautiful St Pierre Marriott at Chepstow and had a quick catch-up, before grabbing a quick bite at McDonalds :p and onto our hotel in Cardiff, Future Inn on the Bay. Where we met up with some other family friends who'd come over for the game, all in all there was 9 of us there to watch Sam play against Wales. We loved this hotel, great location by the bay and all the restaurants there, staff were great. We effectively had two rooms (as we shared with our daughter, Samantha, yes they have the same name!) but only one bathroom but it was fine for the three of us. So needless to say we slept very well this night, it had been a very long day.

After a good sleep and a really nice breakfast we headed out for a walk around the hotel area. Really enjoyed walking around the bay, it was quite cool and threatened rain but much worse was to come!!!!!!! Then with much excitement we got ready, donned our Italian scarves and headed for Millennium Stadium. We'd all decided as we'd travelled so far we 'deserved' to get corporate tickets to each game. So we got to go quite early, as there was a drinks package and full lunch before the game. This was so much fun, not only were Italy playing Wales but it was the opening ceremony and Australia played England in the double header, we were 9 very happy Australians. It really was a fantastic afternoon, and the excitement when Sam took the field was just terrific.

The others all went out to celebrate Italy & Australia’s wins, but dh, Samantha & I headed off in a cab to the hotel, it was cold and raining. We stopped in at Woods Brasserie at the bay for the yummiest fish & Chips (with mushy peas :-) ), but as we left it was teaming down with rain, so a lovely cabbie said he'd be happy to take us 'over the road' to our hotel.

Thanks to the lovely Jamikins, I am now obsessed with Flickr and is also part of the reason I'm so late with this TR ;-) so I will add the photos as I go.......there is a lot!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157637717261716/

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