Sussex Rugby Stars!
Sussex rugby has been feeling proud of itself lately, with a couple of local players making an impact in the England Six Nations squad. New backs star Billy Twelvetrees, who's really made his presence felt in this campaign, grew up in the picturesque village of Wisborough Green and was playing for Pulborough minis before he was 10 years old; while forward Joe Launchbury, who got his break as a replacement for the injured Tom Palmer, is a former Christ's Hospital rugby captain who also played for Barns Green and Horsham.
The England side has looked exciting lately, not least with that stupendous win over the All Blacks that left us all reeling - though not as much as the All Blacks, who've been the subject of massive soul-searching at home ever since (defeated by the Poms? Unthinkable!) - and to see local lads playing a key part is a real pleasure. Now, clearly I am showing a bias towards England here, but there's something special about the Six Nations - more so, for me, than the World Cup - and if I have to single out one team to cheer for, what better than a team with Sussex connections?
One more quirky Horsham fact before we move on: the late lamented Des Cusick, who invented the Daleks, apparently spent much of his life there. So Sussex has a real Dr Who connection, too! And that reminds me of a quirky Cusick fact: a friend with that surname became thoroughly sick of an organisation that misheard his name repeatedly addressing him as Mr Seasick. Just thought I'd share that one...
However, back to rugby: Brighton Community (Amex) Stadium - home to Brighton and Hove Albion football club - is waiting to hear if its bid to host 2015 rugby World Cup matches is successful. It's shortlisted, but the decision is yet to be made and the competition is bound to be stiff. It's a state-of-the-art facility and the hospitality record and cultural attractions of the area must be a plus point in considering how an area would cope with the influx of people. A win would be great news for the local community and I know that Sussex would give it a truly special atmosphere; so if you're a rugby fan or indeed any sort of sport lover, be ready to book your next Sussex holiday with us!