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Rugby World Cup 2011 - New Zealand


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So in 12 and a bit days the Rugby World Cup 2011 will kick off. The Tri-Nations cup between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa has just finished with Australia pulling of a close 25-20 win over New Zealand. Its the first time in a decade Australia has won the cup.

 

Pools for the Tournament

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Pool A

Team

Canada

France

Japan

New Zealand

Tonga

 

Pool B

Team

Argentina

England

Georgia

Romania

Scotland

 

Pool C

Team

Australia

Ireland

Italy

Russia

USA

 

Pool D

Team

Fiji

Namibia

Samoa

South Africa

Wales

 

Fixtures by Pool

Times are for New Zealand. Use this link to adjust times for your location LINK

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Chart with Quater, Semi, Bronze and Finals.

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TIPPING COMPETITION

If you want to tip then here's the group.

http://www.footytips.com.au/comps/Ne...ugby_World_Cup

 

Information Source

http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/fi...poolstage.html

 

Brief History

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_world_cup

 

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there you have it, hondo's. the big Rugby thread you were all demanding. who you rooting for?

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A rugby thread...that I didn't start?

 

Seriously though I couldn't be more psyched about this world cup. Getting up at fucking 7am to watch the games ain't pleasant though.

 

Ireland has a tough tournament ahead of them really. We lost every one of our warm up games and picked up some injuries we could have done without. The squad selection was also fairly controversial with nearly half the players travelling to NZ making their RWC debut. Bottom line if we get to the quarter finals I'll be happy. We get to the semis I'll be ecstatic. My prediction is we finish second in our group (can't see us toppling Australia so close to home especially on Tri Nations winning form) and get horribly interfered with by South Africa in the quarter finals. The only advantage we have is our perceived underdog status (despite being 4th in the world for some 6 months) and some of our as-yet untested talents at this competitive level.

 

Predictions:

 

Australia V New Zealand in the final. New Zealand to win. The All Blacks just do not lose at home. Simple as.

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Did you see the Tri Natations final. Australia shat all over NZ in the first half. I think they learned alot from thier flogging at the hands of Samoa. Plus they have alot of players in from the Queensland Reds. So go Wallabies!

 

Yeah, since my new boss is and ex wallabies player and my girlfriend is from NZ I have had to bone up on this stuff. Did you see that ludicrous display last night?

 

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