The World No 3 and town bowls shop proprietor is in action at the Potters World Indoor Bowls Championships 2011 on the Norfolk coast, competing for three titles.
Action gets under way for him next Sunday (January 9) when he joins World No 5 Simon Skelton, of Nottinghamshire, in the World Pairs against either Billy Jackson and David Gourlay or an overseas qualifying pair.
Three days later comes the main event when the Rookery Bowls Club player starts his quest for the World Singles title against 50/1 outsider Jamie Chestney, from Fakenham.
Royal is 2/7 favourite to win that with Ladrokes and is 14/1 sixth favourite to be the overall victor.
- Updates will appear on Stowmarket Sport throughout the competition.