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:unsure: Amazing what a week can do...Australia 39 - South Africa 20.

:mellow: This is ominous, Australia are odds on favorite to easly make it to the final of RWC. This weekend it's Bledesloe Cup time and the Wallabies are determined to end their 11 match losing streak in NZ and 25 year losing streak on Eden Park.

The All Blacks will really need to lift their match technique, which they will. Deans v Henry 2011 begins :)

Well, a lot of back-patting here over the result. But bare little mention of the fact that it was the Bokkies' B-team. The All Blacks at Eden Park in a fortnight will be the real test.

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ITV have released details of their coverage, confirming Steve Rider will take over from Jim Rosenthal as the main presenter, with Craig Doyle the secondary host. ITV1 will screen more games than usual, including all home nation group games live, whilst ITV4 only really screens games that clash with breakfast/morning shows during the week. ITV4 will have nightly highlights around 7pm, with them on ITV1 around 11.30pm on weeknight, 4.30pm or so at weekends. Group games will be presented from the London studio, with knockout games anchored live from Auckland.

http://www.itv.com/presscentre/presspacks/itvrugbyworldcup2011/default.html

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:) New Zealand 40 - South Africa 7...A good result but as we know South Africa has sent out a B side to Australia and New Zealand. The All Blacks were only 80% running, but surprisingly it was the more nimble players that scored the points.

Next week is, hopefully, Champagne rugby...New Zealand v Australia. a World Cup pre-curser.

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Canada has a friendly with the US on Saturday. Its unfortunate we couldn't set up friendlies with Uruguay and Argentina as well.

The best result Canada can hope for is wins against Japan and Tonga (and hopefully getting a good result against Tonga will make the team play better against France)

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The Auckland Mayor Len Brown has revealed a few details about the citywide opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup.

A few points

- It will be an opening celebration spanning 10 hours from the Viaduct Harbour through Quay Street and to Queens Wharf

- It will start at 4pm with the entrance into the harbour of 20 waka each manned by 30 people

- Dave Dobbyn will sing *Welcome Home* to welcome the RWC back home to New Zealand

- A mass Haka by the 600 paddlers will be followed by an 80minute concert on Queens Wharf by The Finn Brothers

- The Official Opening Ceremony at Eden Park will be 20minutes long.

- Followed will be a 12 minute pyro and lighting display, the biggest ever held in New Zealand. City buildings and landmarks will be used for lighting displays.

- Following the opening match, Midnight Youth and Dane Rumble will entertain through to 2am.

Looks like a good event they are planning, mixing the stadium opening with the city opening. Be interesting to see how they make use of the bridge, skytower etc etc

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another tournament rarely anyone Canada cares about :lol:

Lets go Canada get top three (in their group)!!

:lol: Yes! another one of those other countries attending...if just to make up the numbers!

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The Auckland Mayor Len Brown has revealed a few details about the citywide opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup.

A few points

- Dave Dobbyn will sing *Welcome Home* to welcome the RWC back home to New Zealand

:angry: Err, Why are we recycling this boring warbler over and over again...Where are our 21st century singers! 'Welcome Home' is down there with 'Loyal' as a symbol of NZs dreary babyboomers music era!

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Haha, I think everyone country has them, the 50plus muso's who constantly get carted out for events like this, the ones that are almost given national treasure status. John Farnham anyone (heck, his influence even stretches here, your the voice was my graduation song at high school, lol).

Im more peaved at how Hayley Westenra always seems to be the one to get the money jobs. I see she will be doing a version of World in Union for the ITV coverage in the UK.

I like Midnight Youth, always thought *All on Our Own* would have been a good song to use to promo the tournament

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:lol: Yes! another one of those other countries attending...if just to make up the numbers!

Canada is a mid-nation in rugby and its in a decline here unfortunately (it was dropped from the Canada Games due to a huge drop in participation numbers).

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:D Finally....Dunedin's brand new Forsyth-Barr Stadium has opened! At the moment it has been formatted to full capacity of 30k seats.

Carisbrooke can be put to rest...Thanks for the memories.

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Well, a great step forward for World Cup planning over the last 24hours.

The Wynyard Quarter Development officially opened on the waterfront and going by the footage and photos I've seen,the area looks fantastic and is set to be a popular one.

We also had the biggest test of Eden Park and it looks like by and large it turned out well.

Wynyard Waterfront Comes to Life

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Eden Park Survives World Cup Dress Rehbersal

Oh, and as mentioned in the above article, we also saw the return of trams to Auckland, first time since the last 50s.

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In terms of popularity or success?

Im guessing if you're talking popularity, the two are generally counted as the same. Though when it comes down to it, the full 15man game.

Im thinking probably Fiji would be one of the few places in the world where the 7 man Game is the most popular.

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Is New Zealand's number one sport Rugby or Rugby sevens?

In popularity of being played...niether, Football is.

In success, it would be Rugby as the Sevens is seen as a high speed abbreviation of the game, and the fact it's a global circut tournament sport with the NZ Sevens side only ever home in February each year.

A good result on Saturday night, New Zealand 30 v Australia 14...But both sides fairly even in strength and tactics. Would have almost been a draw if Austalia got all it's penalties and conversions over. Wallabies did have the majority of territory posession but just couldn't break through the All Black defences.

Australia is still backed to make the final four, and the All Blacks have also done their chances no harm either.

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In popularity of being played...niether, Football is.

In success, it would be Rugby as the Sevens is seen as a high speed abbreviation of the game, and the fact it's a global circut tournament sport with the NZ Sevens side only ever home in February each year.

A good result on Saturday night, New Zealand 30 v Australia 14...But both sides fairly even in strength and tactics. Would have almost been a draw if Austalia got all it's penalties and conversions over.

Australia is still backed to make the final four, and the All Blacks have also done their chances no harm either.

Playing numbers doesn't necessarily mean popularity. In both Oz and the US, the kiddies and girls ranks make football/soccer the highest participatory sport. You'd be hard pressed to argue that any of us are football/soccer nations, however, and Rugby (league and union), Aussie Rules and gridiron still rule viewer loyalty in our respective countries.

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Playing numbers doesn't necessarily mean popularity. In both Oz and the US, the kiddies and girls ranks make football/soccer the highest participatory sport. You'd be hard pressed to argue that any of us are football/soccer nations, however, and Rugby (league and union), Aussie Rules and gridiron still rule viewer loyalty in our respective countries.

Similar story here, football is number one by a mile in terms of players, in terms of support, hockey all the way.

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<_< NZs largest sports retailer, Rebel Sport, has cut the price of replica official All Black jerseys to $169.99, while player jerseys down to $140.00 after failing to force Adidas to allow the retailer to compete with better value online stores. It has been an absolute PR disaster for Adidas who insist that their NZ$250.00 price was fair and the overseas online stores undervalued the jersey.

Anger from fans worsened when Adidas forced many overseas online retailers to remove New Zealand from their AB jersey purchasing nations.

Well done Rebel Sport.

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:) Over 1 million tickets have been sold as of today. Boosted by last weekend's Bledisloe Cup, another 100k were sold. RWC11 are now only 250k off their target.

:( However sad news for Christchurch's AMI Stadium. The report is in.

It may be too expensive to repair in-situ, the Hadlee Stand is to be demolished immediately. The southe end Tui Stand has faired the best but the two main stands have been structually compromised.

The technology avalible to repair the resonalbly new structures is costly and the cost/benefit ratio favours a knock down rebuild - and probibly elsewhere. Insurance companies, including AMI, who's name is on the stadium are reluctant to cover the facility.

(Personally, I always thought the 90's built Hadlee Stand an unusual structure, built when Lancaster Park was a cricket ground, more a Canterbury elite's gin palace. It looks out of place in AMI Stadium now, ruining it's oval shape.)

Christchurch does need a main stadium as QEII Park is also to be demolished and Addington Racecourse is in demolition now. Rugby Park looks likley to be a venue for the Crusaders untill 2013.

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I know, it's a bit off-topic, but still, it's Rugby.

Brazilian squad have a new sponsor (Yes, Brazil has a national team of Rugby... believe it or not).

And they are make very optimistic predictions in this series of ads:

You guys will love it and laugh a lot, for sure...

Very clever and funny!

Have fun!

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