Yep, get a non-reserved ticket and ride two stops to Shin Yokohama. You could save a few pennies and ride from Shinagawa too.
I should mention that you probably won't break 70 kms on that stretch.
Yeah, those places aren't cheap at the best of times.
If pressed, I think people could also stay down in Shizuoka and catch the Shinkansen up, or out in Chiba (or Kanagawa) and catch the Yokosuka line into town.
I'd also look at Super Hotels, APA, and other business hotels - there is probably still some availability around Tokyo for those, although not the easiest for travel, I imagine.
Budget dependent, I'm a big fan of Shinjuku, but for train access to the Yokohama games plus main sites, Shibuya is a good option (anywhere on the Toyoko line is good for this). You can go as far up as Ikebukuro as the Fukutoshin lines runs through there.
I'd also be tempted to stay in Yokohama and catch the Shinkansen one stop to Shin Yokohama - definitely one for people with the rail pass (but you'd need to be doing other traveling to make that worth while).
Also, staying in Yokohama is nice - look in the Minato Mirai area.
I’m picking Squire to be the addition to the WC squad - he apparently played well for Tasman last week. He’s not as good as I’d like, but, he’s better than what else we have.
A big test for Hemopo too - I’d probably leave Fifita and Frizell at home and take Squire and Hemopo plus four locks, Read and Ardie, plus Cane. I assume that Todd is safe, especially if they want to use Cane and Ardie in the big games.
This week is, to me, a shoot out between Bridge and Reece. Personally, I’d take Bridge as he is the best Smith replacement, meaning that we could bench Bender if required (as I can’t see him being left out). Jordie must be the utility, perhaps covering 10 in the pool games (with TJP), so I assume he’s safe too.
I’d only take Ioane, Bender, Bridge, and Jordie as my outsides, so that I could carry an extra forward (BBBR). Personally I think Ioane needs lots of game time to find his groove. We need him at his best. That definitely means no Ioane, so it’s risky - Jordie and TJP (perhaps Crotty) must cover 10. If we lost a first five, we’re buggered.
Btw, still ogling topless girls here in the south, so will look forward to the game thread, including score updates please!
@Daffy-Jaffy That's a shame. Good player.
It is, but it's understandable - his body just isn't holding up, so he may as well cash in while he can.
He's never going to be an AB, so going now is good for him. In fact, with Jacobson having arrived, he might not have even made the Chiefs starting line up.
@jegga Woul;d have been interesting if one of the wild bulls had accidentally escaped into the ring whislt they were staging their protest.
I was expecting that to be the video actually. I'd love to see that.
That’s a really good point, it is often the attacking teams doing the worst of it.
I still think they should do something about it, but your point is solid.
I’m ok with people entering rucks on their feet too. However, watch how many time people just dive over them. That’s not only a penalty, it’s also bloody dangerous. If they focused a bit more on that, we’d actually see teams needing to commit people to rucks. I wonder what that might mean for space on the edges?
Agreed. They could do things to keep it rugby though, like making sure that people can’t go clattering in to rucks, diving off their feet to take out stationery players. That’s how a team might lose one of the key people for the World Cup, amongst other things.
Plus, don’t get me started on the offside policing, or complete lack thereof.