RWC 2011

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Calender of the tournament in several formats, constantly updated.

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So, is its Australia's to win or is New Zealand finally going to not choke? Perhaps France can string together some consistency or the South Africans will retain their title. Could Italy do a Argentina on it this time?

From my own perspective, Ireland is in trouble. Kidney has actually gone backwards with this team and the thinking on the ground is that his previous big wins (Grand Slam and European Cup) were done with other people's teams. Going on current evidence its hard to even know what we are planning to do. It is really disheartening given the fact that we have some really impressive players in key positions all over the pitch. With the right structure we could have been going up against Australia with a solid shot of beating them but now we look as if we are going to struggling to beat the Italians.

And the crowning turd in the water pipe? We've only just renewed the coaching teams contract to extend well past the WC. /facepalm.

Axon wrote:

From my own perspective, Ireland is in trouble. Kidney has actually gone backwards with this team and the thinking on the ground is that his previous big wins (Grand Slam and European Cup) were done with other people's teams. Going on current evidence its hard to even know what we are planning to do. It is really disheartening given the fact that we have some really impressive players in key positions all over the pitch. With the right structure we could have been going up against Australia with a solid shot of beating them but now we look as if we are going to struggling to beat the Italians.

And the crowning turd in the water pipe? We've only just renewed the coaching teams contract to extend well past the WC. /facepalm.

Have you been following the example of the Australian cricket team?

I can not wait for the tournament to start.

Our team seems to be coming together around the old war horses with some exciting new talent. I can't help but feel that NZ is going to be under too much pressure. There's part of me that hopes that they do well after a rough year for the country, but I'm respecting them a lot less than I used to thanks to issues being discussed in the other thread. Australia can beat any team in the world on a good day, but I'm not sure if they can dial back to play tournament rugby rather than their risky brand of rugby.

I'm not too sure about the Northern teams, it's sad to hear that the Irish are backsliding, I've always been fond of them. I would like to see good performances from Italy and Argentina.

Outside of the Big three, I only see France upsetting the apple cart. Basically, barring any huge upset, France and New Zealand are playing in the pools to meet South Africa and the Australia in the semis. England are just to one dimensional, Ireland are only treading water, Argentina are over the hill and Wales are just not precise enough. While the northern hemisphere might have closed the gap over the last few years, only England in 2003 properly prepared for the tournament like the big three do (four year plan, term coach, building squads and game plans, club/provinces working towards the national benefit).

Funnily enough, I forgot about Scotland. You know, they have a huge pack and a good defence. In a cup rugby situation they could be dangerous. One to keep an eye on. The other team to keep an eye on is the Italians especially in their pool match against Ireland. This is going to be the Italians World Cup final and if you ask them several years ago they wouldn't have consider they had much chance getting to the knock-out stages. Now, however, is a different story what with their win over France in the last 6 nations.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/o...

If New Zealand go out of a consecutive World Cup because of another dodgy refereeing decision, they will have no one to blame but themselves. The All Blacks no longer even bother to bend the laws. They set out to deliberately cheat.

Based on the obstructions and constant offside play in the final match of the tri-nations, I kind of agree with this. If your gameplan relies on the ref missing infractions then don't cry if you get the odd bad call.

Is there some way to watch Rugby in the States? In college the rugby team always tried to recruit me and it is a sport that's up my alley. I played soccer and football (and baseball) when I was younger. I use to be able to run fast and for a long time, but I also like hitting things, so rugby seems like a fun as hell sport to me.

It's just not popular here outside of college ... and there it's a club game played with friends who drink a lot, usually.

I'd be surprised you won't find the competition on somewhere as the rights for the TV are only on free to air channels by the terms of the contract. Live streaming should be possible but apart from RTE (Irish broadcaster) and ITV (UK broadcaster) I'm not sure who else will provide it. Its seems there is a stipulation in the contract that you have to provide online streaming so let me do some digging.

Edit: Does this answer you're question, garion333. I assume network television is American for free-to-air?

Hmm, so who is providing it in New Zealand and Australia? Might be more interesting to watch their matches on their services.

Yup, NBC is a free channel. Will have to keep an eye out for this. Thanks!

And the USA play Ireland this Sunday. Well it will be kicking off Midnight Saturday for you and 6 in the morning for me so I suspect we might be approaching it slightly differently

Edit: At least the big game of the weekend, Argentina and England, is on at a decent time.

Other Edit: Just twigged that the US are playing on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Expect the Star Spangled Banner to be in full voice and some fired up US players.

Axon wrote:

Hmm, so who is providing it in New Zealand and Australia? Might be more interesting to watch their matches on their services.

Channel 9 network for FTA and Foxtel on pay TV in full HD glory for Australian broadcasts.

And it begins in an hour. *squeeee*

And I break with longstanding avatar tradition in celebration.

New Zealand to run away with it, I suppose? Apart from that I expect some massive hits.

Throw up the link from the other nations live streaming channels, lads. I'll toss up a tutorial on how you can use Tor to get round the regional locks. Hmm might double check that with Certis.

Not a bad game actually. Not a surprising result, but once Tonga stopped being their own worst enemies they put in a creditable performance.

Aye. Its a crying shame that the weaker sides cannot field their full teams leaving their best players in European competitions. Not that it would completely alter the competition but I would help the game globally. Perhaps sometime in the future the powers that be can start to shift the European calender. Playing rugby in Ireland during winter can be a depressing affair.

There was nearly an upset just then, but somehow Romania turned into a set of yellow turnstiles in the last 10 minutes to let in 2 tries for Scotland.

Gutsy performance by Namibia, a few errors on their part helped Fiji out, but they didn't back down. I'm enjoying watching the small teams play.

Yeah, Romania just ran out of steam. Remember that a lot of those Eastern European teams are benefiting from the Top 14, like Argentina and Italy. If the IRB do well there we could see some decent teams in the future.

As much as I think the Argies-English game should come with a government health warning, the fattie in me is compelled by it. Old school battle ftw!

I was right. Not a game for the neutral but the purists would find this fascinating.

Definitely a fascinating old school union grinder, I'm loving this. Although a bit less now England is ahead.

Going dark for the rest of the day so I'll leave my quick impressions of today's games.

The gap between small teams and big ones seems to be shrinking, dress England like the All Blacks and they cheat like the All Blacks and Courtney Lawes is a menace.

I felt that game myself. A bruiser but the age of the Argentinians just went against them. That said they play either NZ or France in the quarters. I don't think either side will look forward to playing them and after their performances, less so.

Oh and speaking for France, well done Japan. That was incredible rugby they play. Must find the highlights reel on youtube.

That hit by Lawes was verging on illegal, but I think a lot of the Argies struggle with injury is match fitness. They're clearly the lighter team and age does play a factor, too.

Quite a scrappy win, but we'll take it.

Bring on Ireland v USA!

I couldn't believe how poor the kicking was in the windless Otago Stadium for ARG V ENG.

How was the blood pressure for you England supporters at about the 60th minute?

High. Very high. Particularly after we flubbed that chance in the first half.

Did you not see Paterson's fluff against Romania? Bizarre stuff from some of the best kickers in the world.

Ireland/US will be shown tomorrow at 11am or so for me. That's also the same time the Ravens and Steelers play their season opener against each other. Doh!

that's not a problem. The rugby is 90 minutes including half time, that goes up to the end of the second beer commercial in a football game.

With the surprising quality of the smaller teams so far I'm almost as excited about the US game as I am about ours.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

that's not a problem. The rugby is 90 minutes including half time, that goes up to the end of the second beer commercial in a football game. ;)

Quite true.

Haakon7 wrote:

That hit by Lawes was verging on illegal, but I think a lot of the Argies struggle with injury is match fitness. They're clearly the lighter team and age does play a factor, too.

The hit on the Argie centre was marginal, but the action that bugged me was when he went in late on another player after going over the touchline and knocked him out with his knee. He took a few chances against us during the end of year tour too. So far he seems to have been lucky, but he will come up short. He's like England's answer to Bakkies Botha.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

The hit on the Argie centre was marginal, but the action that bugged me was when he went in late on another player after going over the touchline and knocked him out with his knee. He took a few chances against us during the end of year tour too. So far he seems to have been lucky, but he will come up short. He's like England's answer to Bakkies Botha. ;)

Yeah, I saw that, but my take was that he was trying to stop and come down over the ball and momentum took him into the Argiekopf. Maybe I read it wrong.

And hyperbole isn't necessary here.

So what's everybody's rooting order?

For me:
1. England
2. USA
3. Ireland
4. Italy
5. It should be Russia, as that was my draw in the office pool, but its probably Samoa or Japan.

I'm keeping it simple.

1. Wallabies
2. Whoever is playing the All Blacks.

I'll cheer the odd underdog while enjoying the skill of the main contenders in other matches.
I just want to see this shirt.

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