Johnson packs down for lunch: Oct 1

Martin Johnson, the only captain of England to lift the Rugby World Cup, will be the SJA’s guest at our next working sports lunch at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, Fleet Street, on Thursday October 1.

Johnson, 39, has switched from playing to management with England since April last year, and he is now overseeing the countdown to the next World Cup in New Zealand in 2011.

Johnson, who won 84 caps for England and led his squad to the World Cup in 2003, will be speaking to a select audience of SJA members ahead of the 2009 autumn international season, when the national team’s progress will be measured against some of the giants of southern hemisphere rugby.

This is a tremendous opportunity for SJA members to speak to Johnson. We expect there to be high demand for places, so you are encouraged to contact Mary Fitzhenry promptly to book your place. Priority will be given to SJA members, but guests are welcome to apply, too.

As usual, we hope that by staging this lunch on a Thursday, it will appeal equally to Sunday newspaper journalists as well as those working on dailies.

The SJA lunch will take place from 12.30pm at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street. The venue is less than half a mile from Blackfriars, Temple and Chancery Lane Tube stations and City Thameslink rail. Click here for a map of the location.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-reserved basis, with preference given to SJA members. The cost is £20 for fully paid-up SJA members, and £25 for non-members, to include a two-course meal.

Members are expected to buy their own drinks.

Payments are to be made on the day to Mary Fitzhenry, by cheque (made payable to the SJA) or cash please.

Contact Mary Fitzhenry by email to or by phone on 020 8946 9601 or 07946 545084 (please indicate whether a vegetarian meal is required).

Places must be booked by 10am September 28, or when capacity has been reached, whichever is the sooner.

All details are subject to change until confirmed by the SJA, both on this website and via emails to members.

First posted August 29

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