Upon venturing onto Eel Pie Island, renowned for the British blues explosion of the 1960s and helping to kick-start the musical careers of the likes of Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart, I never knew that the island in Twickenham would be home to such eccentric and interesting people, including that of an inventor.
Being made captain of this year's team was an incredible honour and one of my proudest career moments to date. Leading the team out onto the pitch is an incredible feeling. I would say this feeling has been coupled with the success from last season when we finished fourth in the world. And of course, sharing this success with an amazing group of girls.
Before the Great War, Armed Forces rugby had to fight against the success of soccer - in 1906 the Army and Navy had 758 'Association' teams. A rugby Challenge match first held in 1878 was revived in 1905, became 'Official' in 1907 and an annual fixture in 1909, endorsed by no less than Admiral Lord Jellicoe...
This weekend we are playing Scotland and we know that they are very keen to come to Twickenham and prove a point. They are a dangerous side with some big physical players up front. In many ways they are where England were a little while ago, under new management looking to build solid foundations and progress from there. There have been a few things that have been said from their camp reported in the press, we know they are determined to end their losing streak and we are ready to face them.