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Old October 17th, 2011, 04:59 PM   #421
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How are the french in the final ! Thats the worse thing about this world cup

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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:26 PM   #422
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uh....? They lost 2 games in the pool stages
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Old October 17th, 2011, 11:12 PM   #423
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No shit, there will be more Premier League games played on the opening weekend so it's natural that more people will attend.
Only just (10 compared to 8).
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Old October 18th, 2011, 04:46 AM   #424
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It's going to be a hard act for England to follow, because, unlike the current tournament, rugby won't be the only show in town. On the opening weekend, far more people will be at Premier League soccer than at the World Cup games! Also, from what I saw, the opening ceremony saw the centre of Auckland full of people joining in the excitement - however the sheer size and scale of London will make that next to impossible, and there will be people in Trafalgar Square without the first clue that a World Cup is even happening...

I'm massively looking forward to it, and will go to as many games as I can manage, but I can't see it capturing the country's imagination in the way that the current RWC has...
Yes sure the matter of hosting the world´s most popular sports league may be an issue but I think you underestimate peoples ability to look beyond football.
Look at the 2005 ashes cricket. It ran into the football season and completly over-shadowed it to the point where reporters were seriously sitting at football games trying to follow the cricket. Ratings were phenomenal especially considering the lenghty nature of the game.
How about Wimbledon. Most years include matches that rate considerably higher on tv than any club football game.
Or rugby itself, where the annual six nations tournament with games over two months selling-out stadiums as big as anything with tv-ratings on a par with the top football games and of course the RWC, where England games in the KO-stage in a european time zone will basically out-rate anything.

Football is, of course, number one in england but the constant non-stop year-round neverending nature of the beast leaves room for the other recognised sports to make an impact with their greatest event and the RWC is a seriously great event
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Old October 18th, 2011, 09:41 AM   #425
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uh....? They lost 2 games in the pool stages

So what? express yourself. England in 2003 was brilliant in the game?

France are New Zealand are the best historical team in the north and south hemisphere (with a draw with england). it is the third final for france in the world cup history and france was often better in the game than any other team...
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Old October 18th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #426
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How are the french in the final ! Thats the worse thing about this world cup
Jealous sore loser !!



How are the French in the final ?

Well:
1-Maybe because France brilliantly won against the England team in quarter-final !!

2-Maybe because the other England team (aka Wales), in order not to lose a game, should better practice a little bit more its kickings during the training sessions, because one kick succeeded out of 5 or so in a WC semi-final is not what I would call an achievement ! Not to mention that this other England team should better tell its captain to not try to hurt the opposing team's players with illegal and very dangerous tackles (sorry but I have no mercy toward this kind of tackles....just like Mr Rolland as well as the IRB apparently have no mercy either) !






VIVE LA FRANCE !!!

ALLEZ LES BLEUS !!!

AUX ARMES !!!

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Yes sure the matter of hosting the world´s most popular sports league may be an issue but I think you underestimate peoples ability to look beyond football.
Look at the 2005 ashes cricket. It ran into the football season and completly over-shadowed it to the point where reporters were seriously sitting at football games trying to follow the cricket. Ratings were phenomenal especially considering the lenghty nature of the game.
How about Wimbledon. Most years include matches that rate considerably higher on tv than any club football game.
Or rugby itself, where the annual six nations tournament with games over two months selling-out stadiums as big as anything with tv-ratings on a par with the top football games and of course the RWC, where England games in the KO-stage in a european time zone will basically out-rate anything.

Football is, of course, number one in england but the constant non-stop year-round neverending nature of the beast leaves room for the other recognised sports to make an impact with their greatest event and the RWC is a seriously great event
Except England football games in a European championships or euro time zone World cup!
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Old October 18th, 2011, 09:26 PM   #429
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Globe-trotting billionaire Richard Branson and his family - including socialite daughter Holly - are set to jet in by private plane tomorrow. The Virgin founder, worth more than $5 billion, will arrive just in time to host a sold out star-studded dinner to raise funds for Outward Bound. Holly, 29, is rumoured to be attending her father's dinner with her husband-to-be, shipbroker Fred Andrews. The Branson clan will also attend the World Cup final at Eden Park on Sunday.

Also set to attend Branson's fundraising dinner is Kiwi expat and former supermodel Rachel Hunter, who arrived from Los Angeles last week in time to support the All Black at the semifinals. Other well-known New Zealanders who are home to support the team at the final include America's Cup skipper Sir Russell Coutts and actor Martin Henderson. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was rumoured to be heading to Eden Park this weekend but his wife, Carla Bruni, is due to give birth any day, making his attendance less likely.

Last month, Prime Minister John Key said Mr Sarkozy might attend if there was an All Blacks versus France final. "You never know, you might find his Airbus A380 parked up at Auckland Airport. Nice plane, I'm told," Mr Key said. If Mr Sarkozy does make it to Auckland he would be hobnobbing with guests including British royals, prime ministers including John Key, Australia's Julia Gillard, Russia's Vladimir Putin and possibly Britain's David Cameron.

Other international stars have already touched down in Auckland - including Prince Albert II of Monaco and his new bride, Princess Charlene, who went to both last week's semifinals. It has been reported that beer magnate Charlene de Carvalho-Heinekin arrived last week for the last two weeks of knock-out matches. Hobbit star James Nesbitt said he would take a break from filming in Wellington to head up to Auckland to be at the final. Fellow Hobbit actor Orlando Bloom might also make his way to Eden Park after catching some of Australia's pool matches with supermodel wife Miranda Kerr earlier in the tournament.
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NZ HERALD

Globe-trotting billionaire Richard Branson and his family - including socialite daughter Holly - are set to jet in by private plane tomorrow. The Virgin founder, worth more than $5 billion, will arrive just in time to host a sold out star-studded dinner to raise funds for Outward Bound. Holly, 29, is rumoured to be attending her father's dinner with her husband-to-be, shipbroker Fred Andrews. The Branson clan will also attend the World Cup final at Eden Park on Sunday.

Also set to attend Branson's fundraising dinner is Kiwi expat and former supermodel Rachel Hunter, who arrived from Los Angeles last week in time to support the All Black at the semifinals. Other well-known New Zealanders who are home to support the team at the final include America's Cup skipper Sir Russell Coutts and actor Martin Henderson. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was rumoured to be heading to Eden Park this weekend but his wife, Carla Bruni, is due to give birth any day, making his attendance less likely.

Last month, Prime Minister John Key said Mr Sarkozy might attend if there was an All Blacks versus France final. "You never know, you might find his Airbus A380 parked up at Auckland Airport. Nice plane, I'm told," Mr Key said. If Mr Sarkozy does make it to Auckland he would be hobnobbing with guests including British royals, prime ministers including John Key, Australia's Julia Gillard, Russia's Vladimir Putin and possibly Britain's David Cameron.

Other international stars have already touched down in Auckland - including Prince Albert II of Monaco and his new bride, Princess Charlene, who went to both last week's semifinals. It has been reported that beer magnate Charlene de Carvalho-Heinekin arrived last week for the last two weeks of knock-out matches. Hobbit star James Nesbitt said he would take a break from filming in Wellington to head up to Auckland to be at the final. Fellow Hobbit actor Orlando Bloom might also make his way to Eden Park after catching some of Australia's pool matches with supermodel wife Miranda Kerr earlier in the tournament.
arh, dont make NZ seem so provincial as to truly to care whether some randomn model, millionaire or whatever prime minister might visit the place.
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Old October 19th, 2011, 07:18 AM   #431
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A very nice gesture from the French

France happy to change colours as mark of thanks to NZ fans

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New Zealand will play the World Cup final in their traditional all black strip despite France, who will be in white shirts, winning the toss for choice of colours ahead of Sunday's match at Eden Park. Historically, shirt colour never used to be an issue between the two countries with France wearing navy blue and New Zealand, this year's World Cup hosts, black. But the decision of France's US-based kit suppliers Nike to develop a darker blue shirt for the 2007 World Cup caused problems ahead of a quarter-final clash against New Zealand in Cardiff.

Eventually, after much debate, France played in blue and New Zealand an unfamiliar grey in a dramatic match the French won 20-18. Traditionally in rugby, unlike football, if there was a clash of colours between the two teams it was the home side who would change. Hence the sight of the All Blacks playing Tests against Scotland, whose first-choice colour is dark blue, in New Zealand while wearing white shirts.

But France team manager Jo Maso said Monday his side were happy to change as a mark of respect for "the welcome they'd received from the people of New Zealand, the faultless organisation of the tournament and the honour and pleasure of playing the 2011 Rugby World Cup final in the legendary stadium of Eden Park". After his side's semi-final win over Australia, All Blacks coach Graham Henry thanked Maso for the kind "gesture".
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The France team lost 2 games in the pools stages and thus not the best team in the world cup. But England were shockingly bad against the france that is true.

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Rugby World Cup organisers have achieved their $268.5 million sales target - but the taxpayer remains $39 million out of pocket for the tournament. Tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011) today announced it had achieved its revenue target with two matches still to be played, with ticket sales today surpassing the $268.5m target set more than two years ago. RNZ 2011 chairman Brian Roche said sales this week had pushed revenue to $268.7m, with 87 per cent of available tickets to this weekends Australia v Wales bronze playoff and the All Blacks-France final.
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5:30 AM Saturday Oct 22, 2011

At least 80,000 international visitors hit our shores for the Rugby World Cup - in just the first half. Statistics New Zealand yesterday released September visitor arrival numbers, including those who said they were here for the World Cup. More than 27,000 residents of Australia, 11,000 from the United Kingdom, and 3000 each from the United States, South Africa and Ireland arrived during the month for the tournament. Argentina, Japan, Canada and Fiji also registered more than 1000 visitors each. The 74,400 World Cup arrivals pushed the total number of visitors during the month to 26 per cent higher than the same time last year.

Welsh visitor Neil Godfrey was among the crowds packing the Auckland waterfront yesterday. He said he had come for the rugby - but having now seen the country, he was determined to return. "When the IRB have gone away and the place has gone back to normal, I'll be bringing back my wife to visit. "It's brilliant. The people are fantastic and the country is lovely." Australian Courtney Talbot is a rare female World Cup visitor - 69 per cent are male - but is in the most common age group, 25 to 29. This is her first visit to New Zealand, and it is a short one - she arrived on Thursday and will be off again tomorrow. "But I definitely want to come back. It's beautiful. It's a beautiful city," Ms Talbot said.

Tournament boss Martin Snedden said attracting visitors to New Zealand was one of the key reasons for hosting the World Cup. "We have seen in the past six weeks that our overseas guests have added hugely to the colour and passion of our match-day crowds so these numbers bear out that they have certainly been here boots and all." Rugby World Cup tickets were sold to more than 100 countries, leading to estimates that New Zealand would get 95,000 tournament visitors. Meanwhile, Visa credit card figures showed the greatest surge of spending was by Irish and French visitors in September.

Australian visitors spent the greatest total, $13 million more than last year. But Irish spending grew 525 per cent, and French by 230 per cent. Vehicle rental and oil spending increased by more than 70 per cent compared with last year through visitors travelling around the country in cars and campervans, said Visa New Zealand country manager Sean Preston.
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