Barack Obama enjoyed a breakfast beer at the G7 summit and a London bar is now serving morning wine. From bloody mary to brandy, an early tipple is a fine European tradition.We are meeting at the Charles Holden for New Zealand v Wales (kick off 8:35) on Saturday morning, so I am bound to have a drink or two, just as I did last July. John is up so we need a strategy that keeps us - while not 100% sober - at least out of a Rugby: New Zealand v Wales 08:35, Australia v England 11:00, South Africa v Ireland 16:00; Football: Wales v Slovakia 17:00, England v Russia 20:00 write off of a whole day in the pub.
What I therefore propose is that after the test match we walk along to Lavender Park for Rutlish Raiders U15 v Sussex Merlins at 11:00 (Ben is coming to the Holden first thing as well). Then when the final whistle goes we trot along to Hoo Hing, the giant oriental supermarket up the road for a spot of lunch in the basic but fine restaurant hidden in it and wander round the shelves picking up some exotic ingredients.
Thence to the Wimbledon Brewery Food and Drink Market, say around 2pm where a couple of pints will be permitted, rude not to, then home to drop off purchases.
Normally I would go out to watch the Wales football in the Standard, but the Slovakia game clashes with South Africa v Ireland and the latter will probably dominate the TVs in there. The best alternatives are probably the Merton Apprentice or the Sultan. If Ben wants to watch the game as well though we could meet him at the Club in Poplar Road.
Does that sound like a plan?
New Zealand: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.
Reserves: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ardie Savea, T.J. Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Seta Tamanivalu.
Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Taulupe Faletau, Sam Warburton (captain), Ross Moriarty, Alun Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies, Samson Lee, Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins.
Reserves: Scott Baldwin, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Ellis Jenkins, Gareth Davies, Gareth Anscombe, Scott Williams.