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Starts tonight. Can't wait to be able to watch some rugby.

I am having an early night so I can get up at 3:30am and see the opening ceremony/All Blacks vs Tonga

Can't make a call on who will win it all, ABs, Boks and Wallabies all have a good chance and England are no write off

Wish I was back home in NZ for this....ah well.

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Go Boks! Although I don't have much genuine hope this time around. Too many older guys past their prime and a weak coach. Got to think the All Blacks, at home, are the favorites. But the weight of expectations can also be a curse ...

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Originally Posted by Stretch

Go Boks! Although I don't have much genuine hope this time around. Too many older guys past their prime and a weak coach. Got to think the All Blacks, at home, are the favorites. But the weight of expectations can also be a curse ...



Absolutely. Every frikken year the media/public put so much weight on them to come up with the cup - got to think it gets to them no doubt. We have a few young guys in the team who may be able to deter it a bit better than others but who knows. Graham Henry and McCaw are probably feeling a fair bit of pressure.

I just hope the world cup isn't decided by a kicking contest. I want rucks and mauls and running style rugby to win, no 10 point games

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Dont you wish that our American friends could watch some of the World Cup?

They might then look at the ridiculous padding their "football" players wear and change their minds about what it really takes to be a man.

Covering yourself with padding to make it look like you have huge shoulders ain't one of them.

Wallabies to win - but I'll be happy for my Kiwi friends to do OK, after the terrible events in Christchurch.

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Originally Posted by Shorty

Dont you wish that our American friends could watch some of the World Cup?

They might then look at the ridiculous padding their "football" players wear and change their minds about what it really takes to be a man.

Covering yourself with padding to make it look like you have huge shoulders ain't one of them.



I know right? Same goes with ice hockey.

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Canada vs. Tonga tomorrow.

Will be a good game I think

Canada are 14th in the world and Tonga are 12th. They;ve met 5 times, Canada winning 3, Tonga winning 2.

Also, unlucky for Wales to lose to the Boks, did that penalty kick go over? Who knows.

Japan and Argentina also earned respect in their games.

Did anyone see Rodrigo Roncero? Gets a huge gash in his head, blood all over his face/neck, comes back on with a glob of Vaseline on his head, gets knocked out cold 10 minutes later, gets some CPR, gets up and wobbles a bit, refuses any more help and runs back on to keep playing lol

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Yeah. That was ... poor. My cousin here is married to a former captain of the Welsh women's rugby team. You can imagine how well the BBQ went after the game!

Thought Australia showed the best, but it's still early days.

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Originally Posted by Stretch

Yeah. That was ... poor. My cousin here is married to a former captain of the Welsh women's rugby team. You can imagine how well the BBQ went after the game!

Thought Australia showed the best, but it's still early days.


hahaha

I agree, Aussies look the best so far ( )

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We were shocking in the first half against Italy, was only until about 10 minutes into the 2nd half we pulled our finger out. Seriously if NZ play half decently they'll smoke everyone.

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hahaha

I agree, Aussies look the best so far ( )



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Originally Posted by michaeljames92

Seriously if NZ play half decently they'll smoke everyone.


Sometimes we have trouble playing half decent at World Cups

I think the tournament has been good so far, a lot of close matches and the underdogs playing pretty good

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[RIGHT][/RIGHT][quote name="Kieran123" url="/t/53122/offcial-rugby-world-cup-2011-thread#post_646495"]



I know right? Same goes with ice hockey.

[/quote]dude, seriously? I thought you were Canadian! Questioning the toghness of hockey players could get your citizenship revoked!! PS - I love watching rugby too, a tough game played by tough guys, which I appreciate.



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Boks looked much better against Fiji. But the Irish win likely means all three Southern Hemisphere sides will now come through the same side of the draw, which is a pity. Unless you're an England fan I guess.

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I've always hated the way world cups are conducted. Often you don't see the best teams play each other till the very end as they have pools etc. But my money is well and truly on NZ.

Originally Posted by Stretch

Boks looked much better against Fiji. But the Irish win likely means all three Southern Hemisphere sides will now come through the same side of the draw, which is a pity. Unless you're an England fan I guess.



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