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Everything posted by mattygs

  1. Not to be left out. haha. Ooooh that's a big call, so McCaw to not retire quite yet? Maybe you're right, he did skirt the subject slightly in the post match interview.
  2. I agree with Michael. We certainly have a few star players hanging up their boots, but some fantastic young talent coming through nicely as well. I don't think it's a case of Australia being on the rise and the All Blacks on the decline. I think the key thing this management team has done is create the correct culture for the All Blacks, a culture so that new players can slot in to the team and be in a position to defend in 2019. This All Blacks team are not only a machine on the field, but the way they handle themselves is the best I've ever seen. No Brad Haddin's in this team, they play in the spirit of the game. What is it the concept that they have adopted - *Better people make better All Blacks* Im hoping Shag will stay on to usher in some new talent, surely it would be enough of a challenge to keep him going. Just stay away from England. I think ultimately, we had an appropriate end to the 4 year rugby cycle. The AB's have been the dominant team since the last World Cup, everything seems to have been nicely wound up in a little bow, the right team won. The Australians will be happy, a good World Cup for them, we will see what happens next year.
  3. I once thought individual world cup logos would be good for the RWC, but liked what has happened since France 07. The RWC logo, with each host getting to have their own unique word mark and *look of the tournament*.
  4. I don't think anyone is writing Australia off, I'm definitely not and wouldn't be surprised if they come away with the win. I think the All Blacks have had almost the perfect world cup in terms of building and building, but Australia has had a decent (all be it lucky, but luck is what you create I guess) one. Gees though, the Australian media are certainly wee gems aren't they. :/
  5. Agreed. There is no way this is the best All Blacks team ever as Meyer has been spreading. Funny, as you would probably be doing it tough to find 2 international coaches who are as close off the field as these ones are.
  6. Doesn't Wales always seem to manage to host the World Cup every time it gets within spitting range of the home unions? They always seem to cozy up next to the host union and host matches. No idea how that works.
  7. Admitedly , not something I've liked about Japanese rugby. In saying that, everyone is doing it and to be fair the Northern Unions are probably the worst. You only need to look at Scotland with the likes of Sean Maitland, even Gareth Ainscombe being a possible for Wales.
  8. A sample promo of World in Union recorded by Paloma Faith. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtE01B0xUHo
  9. A few bits of Rugby World Cup Music for you. First up, the official All Blacks Supporters song - *Team, Ball, Player, Thing* This one also doubles as a charity single for the All Blacks official charity - *Cure Kids* and their campaign to help cure Battens Disease. It features a few All Blacks as well as a top lineup of NZ musicians (Daniel Beddingfield, Flight of the Concords, Lorde, Six 60, Hollie Smith, Jason Kerrison, Avalanche City, Brooke Fraser, Savage, Broods, Boh Runga, Gin Wigmore, Dave Dobbyn, The Naked and Famous, Shihad and a few others). Like the Concords previous charity single, the lyrics are all sourced from talking to 6 year olds. If you've got time watch the full 15minute skit and vid Or just the music video Must say, Ryan Crotty is looking pretty good in this one. Next, the NZ Song for RWC 2015, *I See Fire* from Sol3 Mio. As for the Rugby World Cup Anthem - *World in Union*, Paloma Faith will be singing the 2015 version. I don't think it's been released yet though. In the mean time, we'll revisit World in Union from New Zealand 2011. The official version performed by Hayley Westenra, but a unique version performed in the opening ceremony by Ria Hall.
  10. I do love how many other peoples suggestions are blatant plagiarised copies of various other logos (Osaka 2008 and Japan Endless Discovery logos seem to be quite popular), Thing is, many of these other suggestions are pretty, but they would fail as a piece of branding.
  11. This is a crazy epic move. While I don't dislike the current logo, I really do hope they completely part ways now as opposed to temporarily suspending its use until this can all be sorted. We are still 5 years out and can certainly put together a good Games mark for 2020 (Sydney hadn't even revealed their logo at Atlanta's closing). While I know there is a lot more to organising a Games than a logo and main stadium (and it would appear everything else is moving along nicely), they are too biggies. It's hard to believe NAOC were given the kudos of producing the best organisation in the history of the winter games with Nagano. I still have huge faith that the Japanese will pull it off, more bad PR than anything at this point.
  12. The New Zealand campaign seems to have launched at this 1 year to go mark. With it, they've released the campaign branding under the *be the inspiration* tagline. They've also released a nice wee video
  13. I must say, considering we were left with just one applicant, we are bloody lucky it's Durban.
  14. I know much has been made of the font used for the Tokyo 2020 logo, but I wonder, are we just being spoilt by the more customised font stylings of Sydney, Beijing, London, Torino and co. Is it really any more stock standard than the pretty uninspiring fonts of Barcelona, Lillehammer or even Atlanta? It's certainly an improvement over the Pyeongchang font. I think the bigger problem for me is that it's aligned perfectly with the logo. It doesn't break out, leading to a lack of dynamism.
  15. Was just having a look around on various design forums to see if there were many comments on the logo. Found this one, hadn't really noticed the 2
  16. Yup, this is probably the one sports event in the world where a north south rotation is completely appropriate.
  17. I agree with TNMP Did we really want another cherry blossom? Is it really appropriate to think Harajuku style should form the central axis of the Tokyo logo? To me , this is a very classy and dignified look of Tokyo. It's kind of a Ginza style, a refined sombre toned Kimono almost. Especially with that fantastic golden colour (which I see as a nod to Tokyo 64). In a way, I think this logo could be seen as being based on the Japanese concept of *iki*. [quote[Iki is an expression of simplicity, sophistication, spontaneity, and originality. It is ephemeral, romantic, straightforward, measured, audacious, smart, and unselfconscious. Iki is not overly refined, pretentious, complicated, showy, slick, coquettish, or, generally, cute. At the same time, iki may exhibit any of those traits in a smart, direct, and unabashed manner. Still, I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder. In any case, I guess the logo plays a smaller and smaller part now in the overall design of the Games, especially during Games time. We saw Vancouver's look a heck of a lot more than the logo. In terms of the font, to be fair, the fonts of Lillehammer and Barcelona's weren't that wowish, but they ended up working well enough. I'd also add that for the most part the design alternatives we find on google , while probably *prettier* would almost always be an extremely weak brand.
  18. I'd agree with that. But I think Sochi is also a good example where there was a very blockish and simple logo, while the look was very detailed. I'd say the same of Vancouver. I feel like we have a fantastic but very straight up and down kinda logo, so perhaps a slightly softer look might work well for Tokyo. I don't mind the font, but I feel like having a good word mark is important for the look , and Im not too sure if we have one here.
  19. I really like it. I'm surprised I like it, I don't really know why I like it, but I like it. I'd agree that the elements of this logo would work well for a look of the Games, but I'm not so sure that's what's going to happen. I find the top of the website where they incorporate parts of the logo and then the logo themselves - are bit too much for the eyes. I could see them ultimately using a totally different graphics package for the look of the Games. Well done Tokyo
  20. Haha. Appears to be something from a young designer by the name of Lindsay Happ.
  21. As much as I would like Italy to his the World Cup soon, this needs to go to South Africa.
  22. I really do hope PNG stop this poppy-cock about wanting to bid for a Commonwealth Games. Yup , go for a youth games, but there is no way they could cope with the full CWG. Not to mention the fact that they sold tickets to the closing ceremony which weren't even available in the stadium layout, leaving hundreds of people who had purchased tickets unable to get into the stadium. How on earth can that happen?
  23. I think this is a pretty spot on and really fair review of the opening ceremony, I'd have to agree with all of it. Some nice moments, some awful moments but something which was most certainly a cirque show. It seemed to lack the cohesive production of other ceremonies stadium events. As I mentioned before, I feel like even though Glasgow's content was quite lacking in some regards, the lighting and general production was high quality. Maybe Toronto was lacking a specialist in ceremonies stadium production, who knew how to fill a stadium and use complimentary lighting. None of this to take away what was still a very impressive Pan-Am Games ceremony though.
  24. Overall an interesting show. The middle obviously the best part. If I can compare it to say Glasgow (who I feel is the best match), I'd say the contents of the ceremony was probably better (as in Toronto was better), but possibly not as well produced. The opening didn't give a good precursor to what was to come, and you need to knock it out of the park to begin with, so that was a little bit of a fail. In general a good artistic segment, but perhaps a tad samey samey. All up though, a very good effort.
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