Cricket – Oxford University 1st Team Cape Town Tour

LWTL are very privileged to host the 2019 Oxford Universities 1st Team cricket tour to Cape Town, South Africa. They have played 3 competitive matches to date winning the first 2 against Cape Town Cricket Club and Western Province Cricket Club and in the 3rd match against Groot Drakenstein they had a dramatic draw.
 

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Merry Xmas from LWTL

Merry Xmas from LWTL XMAS2018

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Wonderful Client Feedback from Sri Lanka

Every aspect of the tour was excellent. The arrangements were very efficient without being over-organised or regimented, and your local and international staff were friendly and helpful. We dealt mainly with Gail and Anura, who were superb, but the others were fine too. Whenever issues arose (such as the restricted view from the original seats at the SSC ground in Colombo), these were dealt with almost immediately. If we ever make such a trip again we will certainly look at you first.

Tony & Alison

 

All the arrangements went as smoothly as possible, the hotels used were excellent. The LWTL Rep was very good, friendly, approachable and there if we needed any help. The local guides/reps were helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable.

Wendy Twigg

 

We were well informed at all times, the most helpful escorts Sri Lankan and lions nothing was to much trouble and always a smile This was my first trip with you but it won’t be my last 😄👍

Caroline Campbell

 

Overall absolutely excellent. A couple of the hotels were a bit tired but the effort, energy and organisation contributed by the team was brilliant. I particularly wanted to mention the exceptional care and attention given to Pat by Anthea and Lorri which was very much appreciated. Thank you so much we all enjoyed an amazing experience and are hoping to join you for another tour.

Carol Cross

 

we would like to thank Lorri and Anthea for or all their hard work and enthusiasm, nothing was too much trouble for them, anything we asked for it was dealt with a smile. THANK YOU GIRLS.

Alan Forrest

 

I cannot rate the trip high enough . Well organised to minimize aggravation and impatience ,Hotels from truly luxurious to the more ordinary ..very very good ..nice cross section .. Cricket organisation terrific. didn’t care much for Galle but Kandy superb.Meet up with the personalities interesting and entertaining. Side trips wonderful. The Guide from Kandy on ..learnt a lot that will stay with me will recommend to my friends. friendly knowledgeable guy. As to the ladies ,,Lorri and and Anthea, wonderful. Look after them well, as your public face and connection with the travelers, couldn’t be better. Lovely warm human ladies ..A great asett to your company .. Looking to repeat with the South Africa tour.

Jeff Shipp

 

Well organised from beginning to end. Our accommodation was very good and the celebrity Q and A sessions were exceptional. Great value.

Jeff Owens

 

Excellent organised and informative tour guides and Sri Lankan ground staff. Fantastic coach drivers and transfers. Hotel choices were good . Thank you to Lorri, Anthea , Gail , Steve and not forgetting the Butterfly crew. Great job.

Michael Machell

 

Very enjoyable, all reps very good ,venues good..only critism would be do away with the two days in Colombo and spend those two days in Kandy or at the lagoon hotel where we had the last night dinner

Richard Harrington

 

Everything under the control of LWTL went to plan. Both airport transfers and match transfers ran smoothly. The hotel was of a good standard and staff were very helpful and incredibly pleasant as were the Sri Lankan people in general. This was my first organised tour but I would definitely go again. Many thanks to all LTWL staff involved.

Jeffrey Suckley

 

This is a very professional company with a very personal approach. From being welcomed at Colombo airport to saying goodbye at Unawatuna we felt we were amongst friends. Thank you Lorri, Anthea and Steve for a great trip. We loved meeting Murali too!

Ed Murray

 

Treasured and trusted company, Although they must have many customers they made all contact personal and any queries were answered immediately. They clearly work and communicate happily as a team. Hotel excellent. Information clear and detailed and presence of Andrea and Lorri reassuring and helpful. People on tour friendly. Cricket exciting.

Joan Wade

 

From start to finish LWTL efficiency was first class. The reps on tour with us were excellent and every attention to detail was looked after . when any small issues arose by others the reps sorted them out without hesitation. I thoroughly recommend LWTL. Great work Steve, Anthea and Lorri!

Kevin Rolfe

 

We went to the Galle Test in Sri Lanka in November 2018. As a party of 3, with an elderly father, we were looked after very well by all the staff. From our initial contact, booking the trip, the tour itself, and for the duration of our stay the attention to detail was second to none! Steve, Anthea and Gail were always on hand to help us and arranged a fantastic trip that we will never forget. I would highly recommend Living with the Lions and we will definitely be going on another tour with them. Thank you

Danny Curtis

 

From start to finish this tour was perfect. The team that booked the trip were so helpful, the organisation of the itinerary, the tour merchandise, the seats at the grounds, the excursions and most of all the three LWTL reps (Steve, Lorrie and Anthea) were amazing.

Mark Yexley

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Cathedral School play on Dubai Sevens pitch

A wonderful opportunity for the U15 boys to play on the main pitch of the Dubai Sevens against the Dubai Exiles, thank you for a great game and wonderful hospitality. LWTL School Tours.

 
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England Rugby squad released for Autumn Internationals

 

The Squad

Forwards
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) co-captain, Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors) *, Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Michael Rhodes (Saracens), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Brad Shields (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Elliott Stooke (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
 
Backs
Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Nathan Earle (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens) co-captain, George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Tough Challenge Ahead

As King Eddie has pointed out in his press conference, ‘we can only control what we can control and injuries have happened,’ so there is a chance for some new faces to make an impression for what is a pretty massive series of Test matches at HQ next month. New Zealand don’t visit very often, South Africa will be very keen to continue their fine development under Rassie Erasmus and Australia just hate the English on any sporting pitch. Plus, Japan will be the meat in the Tri-Nations sandwich. The Cherry Blossoms will be wanting to put on a good show and perhaps give their former coach a little reminder of what he is missing. 

 

Co-captains

As predicted Dylan Hartley comes back in to the squad. He will share leadership duties with Owen Farrell. Ironically, the former offers a bit of stability in the squad which will hopefully allow the latter to get on with just playing exceptionally; as opposed to arguing tirelessly with everyone. 
 
In the backs, Chris Ashton is back from exile, there still seems to be a spot for Richard Wigglesworth – which is strange. Perhaps if Dan Robson hadn’t have been injured he would have not have been picked. Joe Cokanasiga is rewarded for his early season form at Bath. Hopefully he’ll get a chance to show what he can do. We’d enjoy watching him run into a little Australian! It is good to have Manu back. He’ll hopefully stay fit for long enough to play his part. Remember November 2012? Those were the days.  Otherwise there are few surprises in the inclusions department.
 
An England pack with both Vuniploas is a becoming a rare old thing. Billy is out for another 12 weeks with another broken arm. That’s his third if anyone is counting. Mako has damaged one of his calf muscles and is out for 6 weeks. With Nathan Hughes banned and the indomitable Chris Robshaw out so there is room for a new (old) face.  Ben Morgan is back. He never really let anyone down in an England shirt so I hope he gets a start. 
 
It’s time for Brad Shields to show what he can really do, Zach Mecer is as ready as he’ll ever be and Sam Undershill needs a run at 7 so expect a little interchanging with Tom Curry. As for the props? I simply have no idea. Kyle Sickler on one side. Then it is anyone’s guess. Joe Marler has left a big hole and have we seen the last of Dan Cole?
 

No room for the Cherry (and White) on the cake

A rugby column on the England Rugby team would not be the same if it didn’t mention Mr Cipriani. It seems like Eddie has joined the long list of coaches who have jettisoned the man from a squad. After his unfortunate pre-season fracas in Jersey it was always going to be tough to make a positive impression. In spite of his contribution on tour during the Summer. Clearly, a couple of beautiful passes, being named September player of the month and some match winning performances for his new club, Gloucester, were not enough.
 
The large pro-Danny squad seemed to have over looked the faults in his game. There was a touch of the selfish and poor decision making at Kingsholm last weekend against Castres, which probably made the decision easy. Next time throw the ball to the unmarked man, Danny. Your national coach is in the stand. Glaws coach and Bokke, Johann Ackermann will be pleased. Probably for two reasons. 

 

A prediction

There is only one place to go for that and that is to our Irish correspondent, David. He always has one eye on somewhere else other than the Aviva stadium and Leinster’s march towards European domination. Before that I think 2-2. A loss to SA and NZ and a win against Japan and the Aussies. Frankly, the improvement of the South Africans is pretty terrifying. If there was a spare rand flying about they would be my bet for the World Cup.
 

Anyway, to David from Belfast. It is bound to a good read.
 
“‘English rugby is certainly at a crossroads, the autumn internationals bring three massive tests with a resurgent South Africa, an Aussie squad needing some momentum and of course the soon to be number 2 nation in the world (once Ireland beat them) the All Blacks. At the moment I would say england are looking at 1 win out of 4 and it might be a scrape past Japan. With current injuries, England are left with back row options including our postman and LWTL’s own James Hallett. Tough times for English fans!”
 
See, I told you. The only thing he got wrong is that I can’t play. Broken metatarsal. 

 

Elsewhere

It can be easy to be England centric on these posts so in order to limit the accusation that we never talk about any of the other home nations we have news from Scotland. They have released their squad too. They have cast the net far and wide. It is not as bad as when Wales picked Shane Howarth because he had a goldfish that was born in Carmarthen but not far off ;). The Scots take on Wales, Fiji, South Africa and Argentina. They could win all 4. Whatever happens the match against Wales for Doddle Weir will be a special occasion.
 
All in all we hope for a good showing from all the home nations against Southern Hemisphere opposition. Afterall, there’s a World Cup next year.

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Schools Department – Rob Dickson Joins

LWTL’s newest recruit!

 
After an incredibly busy and successful summer at Living With The Lions, we delved into the transfer market on deadline day and we are delighted that Rob Dickson has joined us from Gullivers Sports Travel/Edwin Doran Sports Tours. Rob brings a wealth of experience having worked in the market place for 9 years and has travelled extensively worldwide. We caught up with Rob on his first day to find out why he chose to join our team.
 
“Having moved from a large corporate company, it’s great to be a part of a smaller business that puts customers first rather than worry about the bottom line and hitting targets. Living With The Lions has a fantastic name in the market place for all sports and I look forward to meeting our current customers and adding new groups to the LWTL family. It is clear that the relationship between the customers and our staff is incredibly tight knit and the experience our staff have in the team should not go unnoticed.”
 
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LWTL provide a price guarantee policy, this means once you book your sports tour with us, we lock in all of the currency needed for your tour ensuring schools, staff and parents can confidently plan their tour budget.
Please contact us to get a quote for your next sports tour, and visit our testimonials to hear what UK schools are saying about their touring experience with LWTL.
 
TO CONTACT ROB: email rob@lwtlschools.co.uk or call his mobile 07793 039545

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Recent Feedback from LWTL School Tours

RICK SELLERS, Bristol Grammar School, Rugby & Hockey Tour to Sri Lanka & Malaysia, July 2018

Recent Feedback from LWTL School Tours quotemarks2Carrie this was an excellent trip and I would like to thank you on behalf of the school and the 82 people that travelled for creating a busy, challenging, adventurous and life changing experience. I could not fault the level of care and attention that had been exercised to make the trip successful and I have no doubt that it will have enriched the lives of the students who were fortunate enough to be tour. Thank you- a perfect way for me to sign off.”.
 

JOHN CARPENTER – Lady Manners School Football Tour, Canada May 2018

Recent Feedback from LWTL School Tours quotemarks2A fantastic first tour with LWTL. All communication, right from the start of the process to the end, was timely and clear. Any question we asked was answered immediately and issues sorted out quickly. David was with us on tour and we cannot praise him enough – he was friendly, approachable and professional. He organised everything and made sure our tour went like clockwork. Nothing was too much trouble for him. I would thoroughly recommend LWTL and its staff to anyone interested in running a sports tour.”.
 

DAVE HARDY – Colchester Royal Grammar School. Cricket to St Lucia, March/April 2018

Recent Feedback from LWTL School Tours quotemarks2I just wanted to thank you and LWTL’s team and to let you know that we had a brilliant time in St Lucia, the boys gained such a lot in terms of cultural and sporting experiences and thoroughly enjoyed themselves on and off the field.”.
 

LEE GARCKA – Woodhey High School Football and Hockey tour to Spain, April 2018

Recent Feedback from LWTL School Tours quotemarks2We had a great trip. Pupils have come back absolutely buzzing. Thanks very much for all your help – I’ve been very impressed with LWTL in every aspect.” .
 

BRUCE RUSSELL – Fettes College, Cricket tour to Sri Lanka, March 2018

Recent Feedback from LWTL School Tours quotemarks2Absolutely excellent – again a memorable experience! Thanks!” .
 

MARK BARRINGTON – Cathedral School, Football, Rugby, Netball & Hockey tour to Belfast, March 2018

Recent Feedback from LWTL School Tours quotemarks2A very professional and supportive experience, all requests listened to and acted upon with plenty of local knowledge to give the pupils the most memorable experience. We will run this tour on annual basis. The itinerary was excellent” .
 

JAMES CLARK – Director of Sport, The Leys School Rugby Tour to Belfast – March 2018

Recent Feedback from LWTL School Tours quotemarks2David and Living With The Lions put together an outstanding UK based short tour package to Belfast which suited our every need. The matches were evenly matched, the activities were fun and educational and the renowned Irish hosting was at its brilliant best. I would strongly recommend this type of tour for both clubs and schools.” .

 

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Open Championship – Funny Accents

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Tour Photos South Africa

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