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Old September 7th, 2011, 12:30 AM   #341
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They got it wrong with the colours in this case. Team Ireland represents the whole island and not just the republic.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 12:31 AM   #342
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Rosy World Cup welcome enough to take English breath away


It was more like a night at the Proms than dour ceremony when the England rugby team were officially welcomed by hundreds of vocal supporters in Dunedin yesterday. A well-received haka powhiri was returned in kind with an impassioned version of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot to the delight of the large audience - many of whom wore and waved the red-and-white colours of their home country. The more than 50 players and support crew of the England team, wearing navy suits with red ties, watched, filmed and clapped to Scottish dancing and a Chinese Lion dance, in a nod to the host city's heritage.

England rugby coach and former World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson said this cup started with the team's arrival in Dunedin, and the city's new stadium was "incredibly impressive". "Thanks a lot for that welcome, an extraordinary warm welcome ... [it] took our breath away to come in here and see so many people." In their first two days players had worn sunglasses and suncream rather than the thermals they had packed. The vocal English fans were singled out by British High Commissioner Victoria Treadell, who joked, "Please don't get into trouble, but if you do ... the British High Commission is here to help you."

She hoped the England team would be joined in the final by "that team that has the black strip". England captain Lewis Moody began his speech with a "kia ora" and apologised to local dignitaries for "dropping a few headbutts in there while attempting a hongi". "But rugby is a contact sport so I am sure it will be fine." He said it was humbling to be in such a rugby town, and the team were looking forward to this Saturday's encounter with Argentina.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 01:57 AM   #343
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What should it have been ?
Green and a little bit white.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 07:46 AM   #344
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It was more like a night at the Proms than dour ceremony when the England rugby team were officially welcomed by hundreds of vocal supporters in Dunedin yesterday. A well-received haka powhiri was returned in kind with an impassioned version of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot to the delight of the large audience - many of whom wore and waved the red-and-white colours of their home country. The more than 50 players and support crew of the England team, wearing navy suits with red ties, watched, filmed and clapped to Scottish dancing and a Chinese Lion dance, in a nod to the host city's heritage.

England rugby coach and former World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson said this cup started with the team's arrival in Dunedin, and the city's new stadium was "incredibly impressive". "Thanks a lot for that welcome, an extraordinary warm welcome ... [it] took our breath away to come in here and see so many people." In their first two days players had worn sunglasses and suncream rather than the thermals they had packed. The vocal English fans were singled out by British High Commissioner Victoria Treadell, who joked, "Please don't get into trouble, but if you do ... the British High Commission is here to help you."

She hoped the England team would be joined in the final by "that team that has the black strip". England captain Lewis Moody began his speech with a "kia ora" and apologised to local dignitaries for "dropping a few headbutts in there while attempting a hongi". "But rugby is a contact sport so I am sure it will be fine." He said it was humbling to be in such a rugby town, and the team were looking forward to this Saturday's encounter with Argentina.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #345
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NZ is doing an awesome job in its preparations. Best wishes for a highly successful WC!
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Old September 7th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #346
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NZ is doing an awesome job in its preparations. Best wishes for a highly successful WC!
Thanks sweet-pea - I am glad to see that you are still alive, I have sent you so many messages to find out of you are okay but to no avail - I am glad to see that you are still with us
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Just under 23 hours before the first game kicks off ...

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Yippee I get to go back to Auckland next month and will be there for the Final.
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I have seen many a good opening ceremony. This was one of them.

Incredible.
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I have seen many a good opening ceremony. This was one of them.

Incredible.
Thanks mo, I must agree with you, we expected something good but that was incredible

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Old September 9th, 2011, 12:36 PM   #353
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Old September 9th, 2011, 12:38 PM   #354
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I have seen many a good opening ceremony. This was one of them.
We hardly got to see any of it in the UK - stupid ITV thought talking heads in the studio and countless adverts were a better use of their time.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 01:39 PM   #355
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Well, beautiful opening ceremony, that was good to see the maori traditions so well represented. And impressing haka (the New Zealander as the Tongan one).

Oh, and btw good performance by the All Blacks, I can't wait for the game against France !
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Loved the flag-themed lighting on the Sky Tower, the Australian one the most. It's gonna be a great WC!
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Old September 9th, 2011, 09:34 PM   #357
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Tomorrow morning (8:00 AM, CET):


ALLEZ LES BLEUS !!!


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anyone knows where can i found the OC in HD for download? MAybe they sell it on dvd?
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We hardly got to see any of it in the UK - stupid ITV thought talking heads in the studio and countless adverts were a better use of their time.
What a shame mate, it was truly magnificent I will include some links for you to watch and I am hoping that people outside of NZ can view them - cross fingers


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Oh, and btw good performance by the All Blacks, I can't wait for the game against France !
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Allez Les Bleus .. I am loving all the French supporters and how they dress up, I have seen some really funny things - fantastic spirit


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Loved the flag-themed lighting on the Sky Tower, the Australian one the most. It's gonna be a great WC!
Cheers mate, I think that most of us were a little skeptical here in little NZ but it look as if we may just pull it off


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I am hoping that they release a DVD - I so want it
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FIREWORKS Display (one needs to see the video where they show how the various points across the city tie in with the drag queens, harbour, aerial acrobats and the music but this will have to do for now):

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/vi...lery_id=121347


EVENTS throughout the City:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby-worl...lery_id=121316


SNIPPETS from the OPENING CEREMONY:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby-worl...lery_id=121340
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