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Six Nations Championship 2018

Centred right to left: Ireland's Mick Galway and Templeton's Justin Kelly. 
Just some of the Irishmen working hard at Twickenham on St Patrick's Day.

 

As the 124th edition of the tournament commenced, with the bonus point system still in swing, all eyes were on the team who could not only dominate the Six Nations Table but also attain the Triple Crown and Grand Slam, ensuring them an additional 3 bonus points.

Ireland had denied England the Grand Slam and Triple Crown last year. Tensions rise in the wait to see if England could go all the way this year as defending champions.

Few would have missed out on the action this year. 

At Templeton Events, we always have a Director present at all times to ensure everything is set up correctly prior to the arrival of you and your party, and to ensure the day continues to run smoothly throughout. Towards the end of the event, we ensure that nothing has been accidentally misplaced or left behind and return it safely to its rightful owner. We also provide personalised table placecards so you can plan in advance where you would like guests to sit during your lunch. Templeton Events offers consistency from one event to the next.


The results of this year’s 2018 tournament were as follows:

1. Ireland – 5W 0L – 26 points - Grand Slam and Triple Crown Winners

2. Wales – 3W 2L – 15 points

3. Scotland – 3W 2L – 13 points

4. France – 2W 3L – 11 points

5. England – 2W 3L – 10 points

6. Italy – 0W 5L – 1 point

Top try scorer this year was awarded to Ireland’s 21-year-old Jacob Stockdale, scoring 7 tries in total,
followed by Italy’s Minozzi and England’s May, who scored 4 tries each.

 

Here’s how [most of] the tournament unfolded: 

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Six Nations Championship 2017


Manu Tuilagi not playing for England at the France match at Twickenham due to injury - chatting with Templeton's Robin Mays. 

2017 Six Nations Championship was certainly a notable one
For the 123rd edition of the tournament, the 2017 Six Nations Championship was certainly a notable one. For the first time in the Six Nations, this year saw the introduction of the bonus point system in which a team scoring four or more tries in a match were awarded an additional league table point. In addition to this, a winner of a Grand Slam (all five matches) would be awarded three bonus points as so to ensure a clear Championship win. 

England had won the Grand Slam and the Triple Crown last year in 2016 – could they muster up the same strength and determination and do it again?

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Japanese Food for Dummies

 

1. Make your way over to a quality Japanese restaurant or if you're in London try Kiku.

Kiku restaurant is a contemporary Japanese restaurant on Half Moon Street in Mayfair known across London as one of the most authentic of its kind. The design of the restaurant is minimalist and dignified, a clear reflection of Japanese culture. The rooms are long and narrow, plainly furnished with light wood with rattan screens that stop it being monotonous. As we entered, the staff greeted us with a friendly welcome, allowing us to change our booking and sit at the counter for a unique view of the food preparation.

For the first few visits to Japanese restaurants, it is good to go to the more high end examples as you will be looked after very well and likely to feel comfortable about the experience. Soon you will be a natural. Being more relaxed you will enjoy the atmosphere, the subtlety of the flavours and begin to experiment with the more unusual menu choices for example sea urchin (Japanese word "Uni" pronounced oo-nee).

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Greenray Group Team Event, Edinburgh

St Georges day was spent in a sunny Edinburgh for a large contingent of the Greenray Group and their partners.

We hope you enjoy our short film of the event.

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Close to you - What's it all about?

Bacharach Reimagined...

Effortlessly Cool...

A seriously fun evening with Templeton Events...

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What’s the point of Sports Hospitality anyway?

Let’s be honest about things; when a client or a supplier accepts an invitation to spend the day with you at a major sporting event, they are not coming primarily for the pleasure of your company. That is not to say that they do not enjoy your company, but would they leave their family or their workplace to spend a day with you under different, less entertaining circumstances?

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Royal Ascot - Dress Code


 

So another Royal Ascot comes to an end, and not just any Royal Ascot, but one held in the Diamond Jubilee year of Her Majesty The Queen.

 

In many ways, it was arguably the best Royal Ascot ever - not just because of the above, but with the performances of Frankel and Black Caviar, Frankie winning the Gold Cup, and a Royal winner to boot (all of which I am sure you have already witnessed or read about), the racing managed to overshadow the fashion. And it is the latter that I would like to briefly touch upon...

 

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The art of giving back

Is the Art of Giving Back is Good Business Practice... 

Honest and trusting relationships with our clients...
I’m a firm believer in what goes around, comes around. We’ve always tried our best to practise good business karma, and I believe that it has helped us enormously in forging honest and trusting relationships with our clients.

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Wimbledon - Surprise and Certitude

An almost equal measure...

As usual, Wimbledon this year mixed surprises and inevitability in almost equal measure. In the Men’s Championship, Rafa Nadal went out early to the dreadlocked Dustin Brown, although this should not really have been such a shock as Brown had beaten him last year in Germany.

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Royal Ascot - it's horses for courses...

The Fourth Day...

Royal Ascot, Friday 19th June 2015

Friday was the day when Jockey Ryan Moore secured a record-breaking ninth winner at Royal Ascot on Aloft in the Queen's Vase, beating the existing modern day record of eight winners held by Pat Eddery and Lester Piggott.

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Why Choose Rugby for Corporate Entertaining?

There are, of course, many different events that can be successfully used for corporate entertaining, and it is certainly not my intention here to try to pronounce upon which is the best – because there is no “best”; the choice of what to do will always depend on whom you are entertaining, and for what purpose. However, there is little doubt that international rugby fixtures are a very popular choice, far out of proportion to the number of people who actually play the game or follow it regularly at lower levels, and here I’ll attempt to explain a few of the reasons why.

"No need for a jacket and tie"

 

Atmosphere

No matter what sort of people you have invited along, you want them to be in an atmosphere where they can relax and enjoy themselves. Entertaining at international rugby is quite informal, there’s no need for a jacket and tie, and people can safely wear the jersey of the team they support without any fear of assault from rival supporters, in the hospitality facility or at the ground during the match. The rivalries are intense, but always friendly, and this gives the opportunity for a lot of amusing banter, especially between those ex-and current international players who are on hand in the best hospitality facilities to host the proceedings and comment before and after the match. 

"Relax and enjoy"

The Structure of the Event

The day allows a huge amount of face time with your guests – typically around three hours before the match, over drinks and lunch, and (in the best facilities) a couple of hours after the game as well, with a post-match curry or chilli and more refreshments. This amount of time means that you have all the opportunity you need to circulate among your guests and get to know them better, without ever appearing pushy or over attentive – in short, it’s relaxed and natural.

"Face time with your guests"

Wide Appeal

Because rugby does not fall victim to the abusive language and violent behaviour associated with some other sports (although rugby occasions are not renowned for their absence of colourful language and humour – be advised…), rugby internationals are enjoyed by both sexes, and the ratio between them on these occasions is nowhere near as unbalanced as some might think.

"Enjoyed by both both sexes"

The Spirit of Rugby

Perhaps because rugby does not have the mass media following of football, or perhaps for other reasons or a combination thereof, legends of rugby both past and present tend to lack the huge egos or airs and graces of some other successful sportsmen. They are quite happy to talk to “ordinary” people, and never fail to impress with their own modesty and enthusiasm for the game. When you spend the day surrounded by them, as you do in our hospitality facilities, this adds to the enjoyment of the day immensely. Even members of the England team will come back to talk about the match after they have completed their team and commercial obligations – which gives us a great reason to keep the bar open for longer than any other hospitality facility while we wait for them.

Rugby Football Excursion

Euston — the smell of fish and soot and petrol;

Then in the train jogging and jogging,

The sheaf of wires from pole to pole running beside us

Dogging the fancy northward

 

And walking to board the Hibernia — Bass and Guinness,

Bull-necks and brogues and favours

And Kerry-coloured girls; the whole excursion

Savours of twelve years back

 

Back to my adolescence, back to Ireland, 

‘Ilka Moor ba’t a’t’ from Midland voices, 

and Wicklow apricot in early sunshine 

Rejoices what was jaded.

 

Horse-cabs and outside cars―the ballyhoo for trippers― 

And College Park reposeful behind the railings; 

Emphatic old ladies’ voices in a lounge lamenting 

Failings of health and budgets.

 

Lansdowne Road―the swirl of faces, flags, 

Gilbert and Sullivan music, emerald jerseys; 

Spire and crane beyond remind the mind on furlough 

Of Mersey’s code and Rome’s.

 

Eccentric scoring―Nicholson, Marshall and Unwin, 

Replies by Bailey and Daly; 

Rugs around our shins, the effortless place-kick 

Gaily carving the goalposts.

 

Then tea and toast with Fellows and Bishops in a huge 

Regency room in the warmth of a classic assurance 

Looking on Stephen’s Green where they blew up George 

the Second― 

Endurance of one-way thinking.

 

And then a walk through Dublin down the great 

Grey streets broad and straight and drowned in twilight, 

Statues of poets and Anglo-Irish patriots― 

High lights of merged traditions.

 

Junkshops, the smell of poverty, pubs at the corner, 

A chimney on fire and street on street of broken 

Fanlights over the doors of tenement houses― 

Token of the days of Reason.

 

In a frame from Sir Isaac Newton the dusk of Ireland 

Bathes the children whipping their tops on the cobbles 

Or swinging by ropes from a lamp post while a cripple 

Hobbles like a Hogarth sketch.

 

These I must leave, rejoin the beery trippers 

Whose other days prefer today delirious 

Packing the bar on the boat, while a sapphire pinhead 

Sirius marks Dun Laoghaire.

 

"Rugby Football Excursion"

Louis MacNeice 1907-1963

From the poetry collection "The Earth Compels"

Published in 1938

Louis MacNeice - Poet

Why choose rugby at Twickenham for entertaining?