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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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Italy v England Rome, 15th March 2014

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England went to Rome needing to win, and win by a large margin, if they were to put pressure on Ireland who were playing in Paris later on. Realistically they had to be aiming to win by at least sixty points to overcome Ireland’s superior points difference, bearing in mind the latter could win by at least two scores against a French team who have been less than impressive.

In the event they managed an 11-52 victory, which was a good performance but not a great one. Sir Clive Woodward has a point when he says that substitutions may be detracting from the team’s performance – whatever the substitute brings to the game, he does not have the feeling of how his opposite number and the opposing team have been playing, and the weak points he may have noticed, even subconsciously. That England missed out on a Grand Slam because of a poor last five minutes against France (and a number of mistakes in the previous ten minutes as well) and should have been able to score another three tries in the last ten against Italy does raise a question; are England fit enough? Thirteen players played every possible minute of the Six Nations, and captain Chris Robshaw was the only Englishman to do this. Now, it’s not as if he doesn’t get through a lot of work in a game – so if he can, why not others?

This may sound a bit churlish, given the great improvement in the England side over the last couple of years, but finishing second again is not good enough if you are looking to win a Rugby World Cup in eighteen months time. England tour New Zealand in the summer, which will be an invaluable experience for this young team, and then face all three of the southern hemisphere powers in the autumn. I think it would be fair to say they are heading in the right direction, but are not the finished article yet.

So, while we are at it, what of the other teams in this year’s Championship?

We should start with Ireland, the deserved Champions. Their only defeat was a narrow one away to England, and they had to win their final game in Paris, which as has been said earlier, they don’t do that often. The last time, BOD scored three tries, and it was fitting that he ended his international career with another victory here. France were not the same sorry bunch we had seen up to now, but they still did lack the defensive organisation of a top side. Ireland have quite an old team, and BOD will be missed; when they play to their strengths (and they are good at doing this) they can be a match for anyone in world rugby, but whether they can consistently win against top flight opposition remains a question.

Wales were disappointing. They have some of the best players in the Home Nations, but they are showing signs of turning into the rugby equivalents of cricket’s “flat track bully” – very impressive against weak opposition like Italy, France (at the time) and a fourteen man Scotland, but unable to cope with a team they cannot overwhelm with “Warrenball”, such as Ireland and England. Perhaps a change of emphasis will see them return to their best.

It has become a cliché to talk of France’s variable form, but they do seem to be getting a bit worse overall, for no particular clearly discernible reason. They showed against Ireland that they can still summon the passion, and their players are always capable of a bit of individual brilliance as England found out, but their defensive organisation is pretty shoddy by international standards. However, if they could get some consistency going between coaches and players, they might produce a turn-around very quickly; the players are there.

Which is unfortunately not the case for Italy and Scotland, who have to make the best of what they’ve got from a very small pool of players regularly playing rugby at a high level. Italy were targeting two wins this year, and ended up with none. No one is quite sure who else they thought they might beat apart from Scotland – but their pack aren’t bad.

Scotland finished the competition with pure farce, their only world-class player getting himself pointlessly sent off early on against Wales and slipping to a record defeat. To be honest, they hadn’t been much better in the rest of the tournament, and were jumping around as if they had won the competition after their only victory, a last gasp one by a single point against Italy. An occasional year in which they win more than one game in the Six Nations cannot mask the fact that Scottish rugby needs a change; they got the structure wrong, and now need to do something about it.

Italy 11-52 England

Ireland win the Six Nations Championship 2014.

 

Italy v England hospitality packages

Italy v England hospitality packages

 


THE ROME RUGBY STADIUM BUFFET

Ready made fried dishes:

Fried Peppermint/
Basil Leaves and Battered Caper Flowers

Baby Saffron Suppli

Red Onion Rings served with a Chilli Pepper

Preserve Buffalo Mozzarella
Juniper Smoked Delicacies with Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes
and Blue Berry Jam

Black Bread Crostoncini
with Wild Fennel Scented Robiola Cheese

Wafer Cones filled with Whipped Cream
Goats Cheese and Bronte's Pistachios

Mortadella

Lariano Bread with Porchetta Cubes on Skewars

Selection of Breads, Crunchy Baguettes,
Deep Genoese Pizza, Crunchy Olive
Oil Pizza, Walnut Bread

Red Potato Cake with Cured Ham
and Norcia Black Truffle

Parma Ham with Sesame Grissini

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Omasum Soup with Grated Pecorino
and Lariano Fried Bread Crumbs

Cheese and Pepper Ravioli with Crunchy
Artichoke and Mint Leaves

Poached Eggswith Parmisan Mousse and Spices

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Spelt Lasagne with Chicory and Cheese

Orange Braised Salmon in a Rice Ring

Pinto Bean Soup with Clams and Mussels Sage Scented
Capocollo Rolled in San Casciano's Bacon

Coda Alla Vaccinara
with Chilli Pepper Crostini Fresh


Ricotta Cheese and Assorted Preserves


Cedar Potato Salad with Paprika
Peppered Octopus

Anchovy and Capers Salads

Gratin Nests of Spinach and Chard

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Profiterole with Choclate and Caramel Sauce

Hazelnut Mousse with Coffee Sauce

Nutulla Sponge Rolls with Icing Sugar

Deep Fried Baby Cream Puffs

Tozzetti Cookies and Custard

Zuppa Inglese

Whipped Cream Filled Maritozzi

Selection of Fresh Fruit

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Prosecco Collalbrigo

Pinot Grigio Della Venezie Collalbrigo

Cabernet Sauvignon Veneto Collalbrigo

Peroni Beer