2015 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand v Australia / RWC2015 / Final

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One more sleep

Well. ?Here we are. ?First thing tomorrow New Zealand meet Australia in the Rugby World Cup final.

I’ve popped up the usual discussion post to start at 4:30 am. ?In time for the 5:00 am game start.

This post is so we can predict the score. ? I’m putting up a Whaleoil Cap for the person who gets it right.

I’m claiming ?19 – 14 to the All Blacks

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Time to remember the total misery of the Left

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Remember when letting pubs open for the Rugby World Cup was going to destroy society, especially in poor rural areas like Opononi? Kerre [McIvor] reports: ?The husband and I joined a group of about 60 at the Opononi pub. All ages were there and women outnumbered men. The only suggestion of riotous behaviour was when a group of nanas sitting at a table showed vocal appreciation as Sonny Bill ran on to the field.?

…?The most enduring outcome of opening pubs for the RWC will be a gentle reminder to the naysayers in future debates: Kiwis are overwhelmingly responsible people who can handle a drink whilst watching the rugby. We should not have to justify our freedoms ? the government should have to justify restricting them.

Yes. ?We are overwhelmingly capable of choosing our own life to live, and we don’t need nor want Labour and Greens to be the ones to act as parents and tell us what we can and cannot do, what we can and cannot eat, or where we can and cannot go. ?Because that’s what will happen. ? They, hand in hand with the Media Party are coming for your sugar, your butter, your bacon and your life. ?All because they know better than you do. Read more »

Keeping politics out of rugby?

The moaners, whingers and lap-bloggers at The Standard are whinging about politics being involved in rugby.

Greg Presland, a West Auckland flea lawyer moans:

The current Government has politicised Rugby to an obscene level. ?Three way handshakes, Rugby News John Key covers during election periods and continuous John Key photo opportunities have really annoyed.

In my view from now on?no politician (including you John Key) should ever seek political advantage from the All Blacks, especially after a test match. ?I like Rugby. ?I do not want to not like it because politicians get photo opportunities.

I hope he has sent an email to Andrew Little about this demand to de-politicise rugby, note the lame and cringe-worthy ‘cool with the kids’ speak.

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ARG v AUS / RWC2015 / Semi Final

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New Zealand will meet the winner of this game at 4 am Sunday our time. ? Word is that Australia are running on fumes, and the game could be an upset. ? With England conking out in pool play, having Australia ejected by Argentina at the semi-finals would be the icing on the cake. ? Read more »

AB v SA / RWC2015 / Semi Final

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If you are up early enough, and want to chat with each other, as we do… this is the post for you.

Go the ABs!

Tonga is talking it up

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And who can blame them? ?The 2015 RWC has seen its share of minnow upsets, and Tonga feel they can do the same against the All Blacks.

The Pacific Islanders caused a major boilover at the 2011 tournament, beating France 19-14 in Wellington to narrowly miss out on making the quarterfinals.

Tongan captain Nili Latu is hoping his men, 26/1 outsiders with New Zealand bookmakers, can replicate that feat against the All Blacks at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday morning (NZ time).

“Hopefully tomorrow will be the day that the All Blacks are caught cold,” Latu said, promising to challenge the defending champions and chase a historic victory. Read more »

Watching the All Blacks “a chore”

via telegraph.co.uk

via telegraph.co.uk

From the twentieth minute, the game became incredibly frustrating. The All Blacks have more practice at shrugging shoulders and shaking their heads than getting back for kick-off receptions right now.

It’s not just handling errors and a lack of composure, they’re struggling with their general rugby nouse. The number of times the All Blacks outside backs were put in to touch instead of heading in field to keep possession and continuity was alarming. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

King George V presents the King's Cup to James Ryan, captain of the New Zealand Services Rugby Team, after the team's win in the Inter-Services Tournament at Twickenham rugby ground, London in 1919. Major General Charles William Melvill and another officer look on. The team some of whom have fern leaf emblems on their jerseys are standing in a line. A film cameraman appears in the background. Photograph taken April 1919 by Thomas Frederick Scales.

King George V presents the King’s Cup to James Ryan, captain of the New Zealand Services Rugby Team, after the team’s win in the Inter-Services Tournament at Twickenham rugby ground, London in 1919. Major General Charles William Melvill and another officer look on. The team some of whom have fern leaf emblems on their jerseys are standing in a line. A film cameraman appears in the background. Photograph taken April 1919 by Thomas Frederick Scales.

The Forgotten Story of

The First Ever ?World Cup?

?In 1919, in the aftermath of WWI, a group of international rugby teams gathered in Britain for The King?s Cup, a tournament unprecedented in its time but little remembered today. Some rugby historians have dubbed The King’s Cup as the ?First Rugby World Cup Tournament.?

On October 31, the two finalists of the 2015 Rugby World Cup will take to the hallowed turf of Twickenham for what will be the finale of, officially at least, the 8th edition of a tournament that began in 1987. But on the same pitch on April 19, 1919 ? some 96 years ago ? military teams representing New Zealand and Great Britain faced off in the final of what, for all intents and purposes, was a World Cup in all but name: The King?s Cup.

Along with the two finalists, military teams from Canada, Australia and South Africa took part, as well as an RAF side made up of players from various nations. It was a gathering of international rugby talent that had never been seen before.

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Too much haka?

New Zealand’s pre-match haka may be one of sports most famous rituals and often claimed to intimidate opposing sides, but now its benefits to the All Blacks are being questioned.

Their reputation for being slow starters from the kick off has led to suggestions they are emotionally drained from performing the iconic haka, a traditional war dance once performed by the indigenous Maori before battle.

Lock Brodie Retallick’s dropping of the kick-off when the All Blacks lost the Rugby Championship decider to Australia recently typified the bumbling start that has become synonymous with the All Blacks.

Coach Steve Hansen had previously questioned whether “we are over-aroused or under-aroused,” as he sought ways to keep the All Blacks fired up from the time they left the dressing room until the opening whistle.

In theory the intense emotion channelled into the haka should have a powerful influence on the All Blacks and give them an edge as their opponents wait patiently for the theatrics to end.

But when they get outplayed in the opening quarter the question is raised whether the haka had removed them from the game strategies they focussed on minutes earlier.

Just how often does this happen exactly? ?Is it a real problem?
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