It all started when Donald Trump won the US election. We had planned to drive the Pacific Highway in 2017 but after the events relating to travel to the US, we decided that we’d give it a miss until it was clearer what the new administration’s plans were. We wanted to do something different from previous holidays abroad which was why the road trip seemed a good idea.

And then the thought struck MrsJ.

2017 is the year that most rugby supporters are watching New Zealand – 30,000 British & Irish Lions supporters are heading to the Land of the Long White Cloud. MrsJ’s thought was why don’t we go in exactly the opposite direction and go to Argentina to watch England? Very few rugby supporters would even be thinking about such things.

And as it turned out, even England Rugby weren’t thinking about it either. There was no official tour in place although we were assured it would be. It was after all only November when we started planning and most of the attention was on the Six Nations. But we did know that there were two tests planned – one in San Juan and one in Santa Fe.

February arrived and news of the trip emerged. A twelve day trip which included both tests and lots of things to see.

It was a no brainer – we booked the trip.

In April, the team was announced. Much excitement as five Saints players were picked. Well four current ones and one future one – Tom Wood, Dylan Hartley, Paul Hill, Harry Mallinder and Piers Francis. Dylan was retained as skipper. Sadly, Paul Hill had to drop out due to injury. But four Saints was something to relish.

This blog is about the build up to the trip and the trip itself. I’m hoping that DrT does most of the writing and I take the photos but hey whatever happens it’s bound to be fun following the men in white with the red rose. The red hat will be with me due to several requests from friends and family.