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I hope you are right. The coverage of this world cup is unprecedanted for Canada. I have followed two previous tournaments and had to use the BBC and ABC to get articles and information, now its splashed everywhere.

Really I remember the 2003 World Cup being covered here so extensively and the matches were shown live on Sportsnet.

Lets go France and (Canada of course)!!!

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Just raced back from lunch to catch the result of the Samoa-Namibia game. I haven't sen any of the footage, but it looks like Samoa were impressive. Not surprising - they DID beat Australia just about a month ago.

And still, not too bad a blowout in scores either.

Now bring on Canada and Tonga!

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Whoa! That seemed like an arm-wrestle and a half watching the scores as they updated over the net!

Go Canada! First upset of the tournament.

Was only a minor upset (Tonga, Japan and Canada are evenly matched)

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A second string All Black side will face Japan on Friday.

Injury has claimed AB captain Richie McCaw robbing Hamilton the glory of watching him play his 100th test.

Clearly management wants a full strength side for next Saturday's match against Franch..

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A second string All Black side will face Japan on Friday.

Injury has claimed AB captain Richie McCaw robbing Hamilton the glory of watching him play his 100th test.

Clearly management wants a full strength side for next Saturday's match against Franch..

And Dan Carter's out of tomorrow's match too. An opportunity for the Cherry Blossoms, though still probably beyond them.

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Yeah...I'd say as opening week comes to an end we will start to see the obvious premium sides start to rest up the best players for when the carnival half of the tournament ends and the serious end starts.

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Preview: All Blacks v Japan

sep 16: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

All Blacks: 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Keven Mealamu (captain), 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Adam Thomson, 8. Victor Vito, 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Colin Slade, 11. Richard Kahui, 12. Ma'a Nonu, 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Cory Jane, 15. Isaia Toeava.

Reserves: 16. Andrew Hore, 17. John Afoa, 18. Ali Williams, 19. Anthony Boric, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Piri Weepu, 22. Sonny Bill Williams.

Japan: 1. Naoki Kawamata, 2. Yusuke Aoki, 3. Nozomu Fujita, 4. Hitoshi Ono, 5 Toshizumi Kitagawa, 6. Itaru Taniguchi, 7. Michael Leitch, 8. Takashi Kikutani (capt), 9. Atsushi Hiwasa, 10. Murray Williams, 11. Hirotoki Onozawa, 12. Yuta Imamura, 13. Koji Taira, 14. Takehisa Usuzuki, 15. Taihei Ueda.

Reserves: 16. Hiroke Yuhara, 17. Kensuke Hatakeyama, 18. Yuji Kitagawa, 19. Sione Vatuvei, 20. Tomoki Yoshida, 21. Shaun Webb, 22. Alisi Tupuailai.

Match Officials: Referee: Nigel Owens (WAL), Touch Judge: Alain Rolland (IRE), Touch Judge: Jérôme Garces (FRA), TV match official: Giulio De Santis (ITA)

Last clash: All Blacks beat Japan 145-17, 1995

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Sevens backed for permanent Olympics place

NEW PLYMOUTH, 15 Sept. - The launch of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 to be held in Moscow was a brief and quite formal event. But it was accompanied by a powerful statement.

Alexander Zhukov, the Russian deputy prime minister and head of the Russian National Olympic Committee, said at the official launch ceremony on Thursday in New Plymouth that he would lobby for the permanent inclusion of the sport at Olympic Games.

“Rugby Sevens will make its debut at the 2016 Olympic Games (in Rio de Janeiro),” Zhukov said. “If I could decide, I would make it a regular Olympic discipline as it is an interesting kind of rugby. Russia will support its permanent inclusion to the Olympic programme.”

He also confirmed that Russia is willing to invest heavily in the future of the sport. About 40,000 people play for Russian rugby clubs, while 16 professional clubs form the country's championship.

“Rugby is becoming more popular in Russia. There is governmental and private support of the sport, and there are more young people who take it up,” Zhukov said.

'Truly global'

“Rugby Sevens World Cup 2013 in Moscow will contribute to Russia’s engagement in the world rugby family."

Bernard Lapasset, Chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB), called it “exciting times for rugby.”

“Over the next decade we will see the first Rugby World Cup in Asia when Japan host the tournament in 2019, as well as rugby at Olympic Games 2016 in Rio and 2020,” the Frenchman said.

“There is no doubt rugby can become truly global and we are committed to continuing to invest in the development of the game. One key of the strategy is the hosting of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Russia.”

The official launch was held a few hours before Russia met USA at New Plymouth's Stadium Taranaki in their debut match at a Rugby World Cup.

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A second string All Black side will face Japan on Friday.

Injury has claimed AB captain Richie McCaw robbing Hamilton the glory of watching him play his 100th test.

Clearly management wants a full strength side for next Saturday's match against Franch..

New Zealand insult mighty Japan by not play best team. Japan will make racist team regret such idiot move. It is most dishonourable. When Japan host, we not invite guest then dishonour them with such insult.

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New Zealand insult mighty Japan by not play best team. Japan will make racist team regret such idiot move. It is most dishonourable. When Japan host, we not invite guest then dishonour them with such insult.

Not funny Rols! :angry:

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Honestly, It wasn't me!!!!!

But, that said, of course I support any team playing the ABs.

;) Likewise when it comes to other teams playing the Wallabies!...and { hope someone knees Quade Cooper in the nuts! (That hurts just saying it.)

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;) Likewise when it comes to other teams playing the Wallabies!...and { hope someone knees Quade Cooper in the nuts! (That hurts just saying it.)

Speaking of that ... amusing piece from the Sydney Morning Herald in the lead-up to the Ireland match on Sunday:

Anyone but Australia: Ireland inundated with support from locals

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AUCKLAND: It will be anyone but Australia when Ireland soaks up the majority of the 'neutral' New Zealand support for their World Cup showdown at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

Boos greeted the Wallabies, and particularly their 'public enemy number one' flyhalf Quade Cooper, for their tournament opener with Italy at Auckland's North Harbour last Sunday, and Robbie Deans's team can expect more of the same vitriol this weekend.

Irish hooker Rory Best said his team have been inundated with support from the locals ahead of their Pool C game with the Wallabies.

"Throughout our stay in New Zealand we've had a lot of support for this game, not just from the Irish but it seems for whatever reason a lot of Kiwis will be supporting us tomorrow night," Best said on Friday.

"It's great, it will be close to a packed house here tomorrow, and you want to play in the big games and the big stage and there's no bigger stage than at the World Cup and we're looking forward to it."

Australia will be returning to the All Black citadel where they haven't won an international in 25 years.

But former skipper Rocky Elsom said the Wallabies had nothing to fear from their Eden Park jinx.

Australia have not won at their hoodoo ground since 1986 and have lost their last 12 Tests against the All Blacks there. But the laconic Elsom saw no reason to be concerned about Saturday's game.

"Ireland will have no better record than us over the past 20 years at Eden Park," he said.

"So you think someone has got to win, so that would be a good start."

Overall, the Wallabies lead the Irish 20-8 with one game drawn, but 4-0 in their World Cup meetings, although two of those matches were decided by a point.

SMH

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<_< All Blacks 83 - Cherry Blossoms 7...The gulf between 1st tier and 3rd still obvious, but improving.

Onozawa's intercept try was Japan's shining moment though!!! :D

Extra special game as this was the twin earthquake's rememberance game.

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Another 'litmus' test tomorrow night, Aus v Ire.

This will give a good idea of how the Tri Nations v Six Nations match up. Already we've seen South Africa nearly bested by a determined Wales.

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South Africa really dominated Fiji in the mid evening game at Wellington Regional Stadium.

Now we are starting to see the top tier teams easing away from the rest...Argentina's trouncing of Romania in the afternoon's match in Invercargill attests to this.

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