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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Rugby World Cup Daily - Nearly there

If you're in New Zealand, or on that time zone, today is the day. If not, it's just a few hours of sleep then an exciting morning for the rest of us, as we've got New Zealand vs Tonga to look forward to. In today's RWC Daily, the first round is previewed.

Before that though, there is the usual opening ceremony, which lets be honest, can be a bore on occasion. It's all about kick off and nobody is really that bothered about all the colour, dancing, and displays of local culture. Having said that, at times we can be blown away by what a host nation puts on, so it'll be interesting to see what Eden Park has in store.

Pool B is featured in the video too, as Scotland face Romania and England take on Argentina, the latter of which should be a fascinating game. For now though it's all about the opening match, as Tonga have been preparing to face the almighty AB's in their own backyard.

There's a large Tongan following in New Zealand though, so the small nation will be looking to give the hosts a real battle, especially up front where they bring a lot of European experience to the pack.

The man with the weight of a nation on his shoulders, Richie McCaw, has final say as he talks about great  expectations. In is third and no doubt final World Cup, McCaw will be doing everthing in his power to ensure that his beloved countrymen aren't disappointed come October 23rd. 

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Posted by Rugbydump at 6:01 pm | View Comments (7)

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mise September 09, 2011 12:46 am

Ah it that the ceremonies are sometimes boring, or sports fans and culture don't always a happy mix make?

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Juggernauter September 09, 2011 1:28 am

So, is kick off at 20.30 (NZ time) or does the ceremony start at 20.30? Gee I have an alarm clock to set!!

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AK-NZ September 09, 2011 1:32 am

Juggernauter, the game actually kicks off at 20.30 NZ time. The build up, fireworks and ceremony are all before that.

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moddeur September 09, 2011 8:30 am

Jeez, I just started watching the RWC world cup coverage here in France, and the opening ceremony and match are on this private popula channel, TF1 ... it's horrible. Super patriotic stuff, with nice-looking girls sitting behind the hosts of the show. I mean I'm French, but I'll easily support my team as well as as a dozen other teams in this WC. This ultra patriotic bullshit is very football-like and tires me to the bone. Rugby is about people, not about nations. Ok gotta go, the ceremony's about to start, cool!!!

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z3r0326 September 09, 2011 12:26 pm

Nothing compares to watching the opening ceremonies and an AB win in NZ. Here's to NZ going all the way this year!

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ElTigre September 09, 2011 12:38 pm

I fully expect new zealand to choke and lose

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