Vikings in the Valley! The Long Lunch: a Hong Kong Sevens tradition

Andy Barrow At the Long Lunch in Hong Kong with Eric Rush

For more than 400 people in Hong Kong, the Valley Sevens Long Lunch is the only way to kick off Hong Kong Sevens weekend.

I was asked to speak at the event a couple of months before heading to Hong Kong. I didn’t really know what to expect, aside from the fact that it was to be Viking themed!

when I arrived, I spoke the organisers, Ironmonger Events. They gave me some background to the event, namely that it’s a charity event which has raised millions of pounds for children’s charities in Asia.

Also in attendance to speak would be rugby heroes Eric Rush, Martin Johnson, Simon Shaw and Gordon D’Arcy! They were all incredible; entertaining, passionate and informative about their game, peers and teammates; both on AND off the field!

As a speaker, I’m always looking to improve. Watching these guys tell stories with as much ease and humour as they do is definitely something from which I learnt a lot.

It’s very hard to describe the event itself, so luckily I’ve found some pictures from the day! Check them out here.

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