Rugby World Cup 2011

New Zealand: 9th September - 23rd October

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11/10/2011 at 09:00
I suspect the Sais will be supporting France, the Celts supporting Wales.

at least Gatland knows what side he now needs to pick - I suspect he won't make any changes either
11/10/2011 at 09:01

I would guess that any otherwise non-partisan Irish and Scottish fans would either be supporting Wales or simply hoping for a great match, and then supporting whoever gets to the final.

The English haven't realised the competition is still on for another week and a half.

11/10/2011 at 09:29

I''d like to see a northern hemisphere team win, be it Wales or Fr. Up to now Wales have played better rugby than France so they look a better bet than France.

11/10/2011 at 09:31

An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walked into a bar. The Welshman was still in NZ 

I'm English

I'll be supporting Wales

11/10/2011 at 09:42

An Irishman and a Scotsman walked into a bar.
 The Englishman was already there, having commenced the imbibing of intoxicating beverages the previous night.

Mr Zuvai    pirate
11/10/2011 at 10:08

I reckon most English will be supporting the Welsh

still reckon the Kiwi's will win it

good effort on your predictions buddha - Pocock's a beast - if Zimbabwe could keep hold of their players we would have a semi decent team by now

12/10/2011 at 09:40
Bad news is that Rhys Priestland looks increasingly likely to miss the semi-final. A blow, as he has had an excellent tournament so far and has been particularly effective in setting up those outside him, in particular Jamie Roberts.

I'd expect Hook to "get the nod" in his place and that will give him an unbeatable opportunity in his favourite position, so could be very exciting.

Worse news for the AB's is that there are rumours Richie McCaw won't be fit for Sunday.
12/10/2011 at 09:47
this made me smile

For Sale: 1 Chariot, please contact Martin Johnson.

followed by the rumour that Tuilagi jumped off the ferry to look for a sunken chariot

that's a bummer about Priestland but at least with Jones and Hook we have some good cover at No 10. McCaw will be missed by NZ if he doesn't play with Pocock snaffling around at the breakdowns
12/10/2011 at 17:07
Whatever happens, I don't think it will be anything like as bad as our only previous semi-final appearance in 1987 !

We were absolutely "smashed" by New Zealand (something like 60 odd points if memory serves).

Have to say that the NZ pack of that year remains the best I've ever seen - Shelford, Fitzpatrick, McDowell, Michael Jones et al.

Great opportunity on Saturday and could be a classic.
12/10/2011 at 19:35

News on Priestland isn't good, but at least it gives Gatland an opportunity to put Hooky in at 10 without ruffling any feathers.  I'm sure Rhys will be fine for the Final.

AB's will miss McCaw and give Aus a superb opportunity.  Hmm, wind-up?

I am so looking forward to Saturday!

An Irishman and a Scotsman walked into a bar to find the Englishman already in the drink.

An Irishman and a Scotsman walked into a bar, having left the Englishman in his room harassing the staff.

An Irishman and a Scotsman walked into a bar to tell the Englishman his chariot had come to carry him home...

13/10/2011 at 08:23

Same XV except Hook in at 10.  It's not the most pleasant way to happen for Priestland, but I stand by my comments that Hook should be in there against France.  He is far more worrying when running at you.  Can he release the guys outside him as well as Rhys?  I'm sure Warren's had him practising moves with Jamie Roberts all week (except Tuesday).  I hope that those guys who are going into the game carrying little niggles are properly fit.  We have second row, back row and centre cover, but three wings and the utility full back are all on the pitch.  It'll be interesting if George North pulls up for any reason.

France's weakness remains that 9-10 combo, and Yachvili is carrying a niggle too.  The nature of his knock does mean he probably won't be quite as quick on his feet as he was previously.  Certainly if he hands kicking duties to Parra then he doesn't trust his own leg.  That could be interesting.

Now I just have to figure out how I'm getting to the stadium.  Bad enough I've got to be in town on Sunday morning too!

13/10/2011 at 09:27
for distraught English rugby fans - the RFU has set up a helpline. call 0845 101010 - that's 0845 won nothing won nothing won nothing.

shame about Priestland but Hook will do a good job
13/10/2011 at 10:20

2 days to go!


Looks like I'll be the only one supporting the French

Mr Zuvai    pirate
13/10/2011 at 10:26

fat buddha wrote (see)
for distraught English rugby fans - the RFU has set up a helpline. call 0845 101010 - that's 0845 won nothing won nothing won nothing. shame about Priestland but Hook will do a good job

I'm all for a good mocking! especially the English!
however, they have actually won the world cup............ and as of yet the welsh haven't ....

14/10/2011 at 13:38

So where is everyone watching this tomorrow? Pub, home, Millennium Stadium?

I'll be at home with coffee and toast. I'll have scared the cat off my lap by about 5 mins. in by shouting at the TV

Good luck to all 4 teams and ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!!

14/10/2011 at 13:43
I'll be watching in a hotel in Warwick

goddam wish I was at the Millenium Stadium though - the atmosphere there is going to be awesome

bonne chance Nemo - but you're going to lose...
14/10/2011 at 13:53


Apparently there will be more people watching it in the Millennium than in Eden Park!

14/10/2011 at 14:22
Watching at home.  Will be having several croissants - being strictly neutral this may be interpreted as partiality toward France. So will balance  with faux-italian coffee from Caffe Nero and pastry from denmark.
14/10/2011 at 16:17

I'm at the Millenium Stadium.

Well, honestly, where else did you expect me to be?  (NZ wasn't an option.)

bos1, try chewing gum after breakfast.  Apparently it contains blubber from Wales.

14/10/2011 at 17:18

Have a great time Ratzer

I promise if Wales win that I'll support them in the final but it may take a few days to be able to get back to the thread without ranting

See you all on the other side! Time for one last


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