Posts Tagged ‘Rugby World Cup’


The All Blacks held on in a tough, tense final against ‘old bogey’ France. Well done to Richie McCaw, Graham Henry and the team. – P Update: front of the NY Times …  

Choked? Who? The Aussies?

I hesitate to say anything that might remotely jinx the All Blacks next weekend against France in the Rugby World Cup final … I had the opportunity to wish All Blacks coach Graham Henry the best of luck in person today, so like a schoolboy, I did. This is from the foot of a rather […]

Good luck for tonight … Go the All Blacks


No weasel words

Irish rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll is an impressive man, even in defeat. Here’s how he responded to losing to Wales in last night’s Rugby World Cup quarter final. We failed to do ourselves justice. You have to earn everything you get in Test rugby and today we were off the pace – and we go […]

Eloquent Eliota Sapolu on Campbell Live

I saw this interview between TV3’s John Campbell and Eliota Sapolu — the Samoan rugby centre who faced a judiciary hearing following his angry tweets accusing an IRB ref of bias and racist decisions during the South African/Samoan pool game in the Rugby World Cup. It’s a fabulous interview which impressed me very much. See […]

A wittle bit of hyperbole? Or not?

There’s a saying in newsrooms which goes something like: “We’d better hope when the End of the World comes there won’t be a sports reporter on the newsdesk … because they’ll have used up all their superlatives.“ Look at this great lead paragraph regarding a Rugby League star: Last night’s game redefined the word irreplaceable. […]

How to piss off an All Blacks supporter

Crikey! UPDATE: Apparently the Queenslanders are buying them from a South African T-shirt maker: I made this one off t-shirt for a rugby union mad friend as laugh for his day out with his kiwi mates to the rugby just after the 2007 RWC. To my surprise, four years later, his photo has gone viral […]

Against expectations

Watching the Wallabies go down to Ireland in their Rugby World Cup pool match last night one couldn’t help thinking, Oops, that’s not what the Australians expected. Full credit to the Irish, and the inspirational, courageous Brian O’Driscoll. – P