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The occasion is around six months away, but the task is such that even that long would not prove to be enough. On a humid September afternoon later this year, when India plays New Zealand in its next test, and when Sehwag swishes his incorrigible blade to get out cheaply as he has notoriously done in the past, Rahul Dravid will walk in... not to anchor the first day’s play and compile India’s innings, but to his kitchen to grab a snack he’s just cooked. It will be that moment, when he’ll be smiling, that we’ll be wondering if his replacement would be able to live up to even half of the greatness the haloed spot has witnessed.
Leg 4, day 14 blog from Amory
New Zealand 8 France 7
After their comfortable 20 point victory against the French in Pool A a month ago, one could be forgiven for believing the “Blackwash” banners around Eden Park would become a reality this evening. But, in a World Cup Final the form book means little and the French made their intentions very clear even before the first whistle was blown.
The Frenchmen walked on the Haka defiantly to let them know they were in for a game...and they really were!
Six weeks of world class rugby have led us to the grand finale in Auckland on Sunday evening. Throughout the tournament we have witnessed so much: 2nd and 3rd tier nations closing the gap on the top 8, several upsets, several war dances, a lot of wind, a lot of rain, a lot of noise, a lot of “going out”, great crowds, complaints about the ball, much controversy, intense physicality, a few injuries and some wonderful rugby!
Rugby is a game of passion and this simple fact was never more apparent than in the weekend’s semi-final clashes. Four million New Zealanders expected to beat their near-neighbours and pull of the sweetest of all victories. 60,000 Welsh fans packed out the Millenium stadium 11,000 miles away in the hope of seeing their side reach their first ever final and one referee came under the spotlight for making one of the most controversial decisions in the history of the tournament. The stage was set!
It’s crunch time! Almost a month on from the pageantry of the opening ceremony and the World Cup kicks into top gear with the knockout stages of the tournament. The gloves are off and the top 8 in world rugby will do battle for the ultimate prize.
We survey each nation’s prospects and give you the lowdown on the PUMA players to watch in the quarter-finals...
The World Cup Pool stages are all wrapped up and we move onto the business end of the tournament with the quarter-final knockouts in Auckland and Wellington this weekend. No further chances of an incredible upset by the minnows, an undiscovered superstar or a one-sided demolition – perhaps unsurprisingly, the final 8 will be comprised of the top 8 world rugby-playing nations from New Zealand to Argentina.
Talk will undoubtedly return to the question of whether the hosts have what it takes to go all the way or whether they will capitulate under the weight of expectation from an entire nation of rugby fanatics. Will Australia be able to repeat their Tri-Nations victory and topple South Africa and New Zealand? Can England reach their third final in three consecutive World Cups? Will Argentina outdo their efforts of 2007? Will the Green Army and neutral’s favourites, Ireland, build on the momentum taken from dominating their Pool?
The weekend’s final games certainly gave some indication as to what the answers will be come 23rd of October. Here is our round up of the best of the action...
With the World Cup Pool stages reaching their climax, we witnessed another weekend of wet weather and weary bodies as the first nation confirmed their place in the quarter finals and several faced the heartbreak of failure.
Here is our summary of the standout fixtures...