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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #270 on: October 05, 2011, 01:03 AM »
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You know Alex, I was thinking they should start both Jonny and Flood. Very Happy  Bit of unrest in the French camp being reported by the press, so let's hope so.

I'm sure you'll have a fab time.  Been brushing up on your national anthem and a bit of swing low? lol

I did find a England vs France clip but this was sung better Smile

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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #271 on: October 05, 2011, 02:13 AM »
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No brushing up necessary. Smile

Just need to get one of those big flags from somewhere. Got a shirt (albeit from prior to the previous world cup, but same thing), and a jacket and hat. Unbelieveably I have a big Union Jack (purchased for that Lions test in 2005) but not an England flag so will try and grab one before Saturday. Got a car flag on the car finally after getting one in Auckland in the weekend - hadn't managed to find an England one anywhere in Wellington! I'll stop short of the face painting though!
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #272 on: October 05, 2011, 07:18 PM »
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So excited about the matches! Apart from All Blacks v Argentina, the other 3 could go either way really. Though preferably I want to see the All Blacks, Wallabies, England and I really can't decide between Wales and Ireland lol But All Blacks v Australia would make an epic semi and it would be great to have an all British semi too Very Happy
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #273 on: October 05, 2011, 07:25 PM »
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Being Welsh I want them to win against Ireland. Here's hoping.
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #274 on: October 06, 2011, 01:23 AM »
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Any team news for England Alex?  Reported in UK that Jonny to start but up until last night was saying on Yahoo that Jonny was going to be dropped dontknow
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #275 on: October 06, 2011, 01:51 AM »
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Not that I've seen yet. The team should be named within the next couple of hours I'd imagine (it was supposed to be Thursday afternoon). Reports I've seen suggest Cueto will be the only change due to Armitage's suspension, but Tindall didn't sound very likely to make it. I'm hoping for Cueto and Flood in for Armitage and Tindall. Hope I get to see Jonny at some point, even if it is off the bench. Was disappointed I didn't get to at my only other opportunity - he got injured in the 2nd Lions test in 2005 so missed the 3rd which was the one I went to. Still think he offers a massive amount despite the poor goalkicking form. Just looking at the Scotland game, the work he does in defence and tackling, which is equally as important as point scoring when it comes to knockout games, is still second to none on the planet for me.

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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #276 on: October 06, 2011, 02:11 AM »
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Actually scrap that, it's been named. Not on the NZ news sites strangely but it's on the UK ones.

Foden; Ashton, Tuilagi, Flood, Cueto; Wilkinson, Youngs; Stevens, Thompson, Cole, Deacon, Palmer, Croft, Moody (capt), Easter. Replacements: Hartley, Corbisiero, Shaw, Lawes, Haskell, Wigglesworth, Banahan

Interesting selection. Surprised to see 4 changes but happy to see Flood start at 12. Surprised at Haskell dropping to the bench as he's been ever present and pretty good. But Easter is the specialist number 8 and made a good impact in the 2nd half against Scotland, and Croft has been possibly our best player so there's no way he'd be on the bench.

Strange bringin Shaw onto the bench and having 2 locks there. He has actually looked pretty good despite his age so probably deserves a chance but seems odd only having 2 backs. Would have thought Hape would be there in case the Wilkinson/Flood thing doesn't work and we need to change things. I suppose Banahan is covering every position from 11 to 15 then and I just can't think I've ever seen anything from him to suggest he should be near the team.

Need Youngs to keep his composure this time around. After I built him up so much last week he completely lost his head and fell to pieces against Scotland! He is top quality when he's on song though and we really need it this weekend.
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #277 on: October 06, 2011, 02:49 AM »
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goodjob

I had thought the team was going to be announced this morning.  I think having Flood in there too will be good for both Jonny and Youngs Very Happy 

Lets hope that whoever is on the pitch, they get the blooming win!
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #278 on: October 06, 2011, 03:10 AM »
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I think the UK news sites said "the early hours of Thursday" which would have been early afternoon here.

Not long to go now. 10.30 flight tomorrow night. Cheapest option plus I have my MRI at 4.30 so didn't want to book the 7pm one just in case there were delays at the hospital, which there always are, and I couldn't make it in time. Dragging my Mum out to the airport at 11.30pm. Good old Mothers. Smile lol
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #279 on: October 06, 2011, 03:50 AM »
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Eden park is going to open early (at 6pm) and show the Ireland-Wales game on the big screens so I'm going to aim to get there in time for the start of that game. My brother's friend who is going to drive us (and is not the most reliable person at the best of times!) is not planning to leave home until 6.30 which is ridiculous IMO. Miss the whole earlier match but more importantly by the time we get into the city (only place you can really park) and wait for the public transport from town to Eden Park we'd end up missing some of the match! If I was driving I'd be aiming to get to the stadium at 6.30 (realising it would probably be 7.30 when we finally got there!) not leaving at that time. It really is a nightmare place to get to, especially with a 60,000 crowd.

So instead I'm thinking I might just bus into the city by myself around lunch time so I can check out the fanzones and everything they've been doing in Auckland as I haven't had that chance, then get some early public transport to the stadium in time to see Ireland-Wales and go home with my brother and his mate after the game. Think I should make the most of the trip and take in all the festivities rather than just sitting at home then going to the game and getting there late.
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #280 on: October 06, 2011, 08:56 AM »
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I think you are doing the right thing - soak in the atmosphere.

Apparently there are about 12,000 seats left for the England vs France match - not surprising since the cheapest seats are $194.
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #281 on: October 06, 2011, 10:52 AM »
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Totally go early and enjoy as much as you can yes

Yeah surprised HAskell is on the bench, he's been so solid, and have a bit more faith in him than Easter at this point. England team when he stepped up while Lawes was suspended. Youngs better play well, he needs to start getting the ball out of te ruck quicker and not waiting till everythings perfect, it lost them turnover ball a couple of matches ago and he needs to step it up otherwise the French will be all over them.
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #282 on: October 06, 2011, 11:02 AM »
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Here's the head to head for IReland v Wales

http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/matches/match=11227/index.html

Looking through the teams makes even harder to try and decide who might have the edge yay

Also England v France

http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/matches/match=11228/index.html



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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #283 on: October 06, 2011, 12:03 PM »
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England have a good H2H against France and especially in World Cups but you just never know..........  I'll feel better with there's a few points between England and France.

I like the ref that's been allocated for the match.  Had a bit of a rough period (brought on himself mind) but he's got through that now.
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Re: RWC 2011 « Reply #284 on: October 06, 2011, 10:34 PM »
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Not long to go now. This is ridiculous, I haven't been able to think about anything else all week. I don't even remember it being quite like this when Arsenal were in the Champions League final. Must be something different about having a world cup in your country and going to see your team in a quarter final! Haven't even had the energy to get angry and depressed about losing to Spurs. It's barely registered all week to be honest!

Not sure I believe that 12,000 figure and I'm sure it will be close to capacity by kick off time. Think all the games will virtually sell out and people have just been cautious to hold off until it was confirmed which teams would be in which games. It was always certain (with the exception of Argentina/Scotland) who the quarter finalists would be, not quite which game for a few sides and that one Ireland-Australia result has completely changed it. Loads of Aussie and Irish fans have tickets to the wrong game (assuming Australia were going to win that pool game) and are desparately trying to swap. lol

Good on the IRB with the scheduling though so at least they had certainty of location so haven't ended up with accommodation in the wrong city too!
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