McCow proves psychic animals are milking it
AFTER the success of Paul The Octopus at the 2010 soccer World Cup, there were high hopes for 'Richie McCow'.
McCow is a black calf born in July with silver fern markings who, before New Zealand's World Cup matches is asked to choose between two milk bottles, one coloured black and one in the colour of the hosts' opponents.
He successfully predicted the All Blacks victories over Tonga and Japan (a real Nostradamus) but, much to the nation's dismay, opted for France in last Friday's pool encounter. Disappointed handlers are explaining the error by saying McCow did not know France had put out a 'B' team.
Hopes are now resting with a 'psychic' sheep called 'Sonny Wool'.
Ireland's an ex-pat nation once again
ONE of the most telling signs of Ireland's economic struggles is the amount of Irish living in New Zealand and Australia.
We are becoming an ex-pat nation again, which takes us back to the nationality debate that caused a bit of a stir last Friday.
The issue is not with Irish people growing up abroad -- of course they are entitled to feel Irish. The issue is when nationality is used in sport as a convenient means of furthering careers. On that note, Thomas Waldrom has arrived home to New Zealand and joined up with the England squad as a replacement for Andrew Sheridan.
The Kiwi is a fine player and said to be a hell of a nice guy, but he is about as English as Sitting Bull ... or Shontayne Hape.
GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND
Baldwin Street (Dunedin) -- Claims to be the steepest residential street in the world. The big event is the annual Jaffas-rolling contest when thousands of round, chocolate sweets are sent down the hill -- which sounds like great craic altogether but Baldwin Street still doesn't look as steep as St Patrick's Hill in Cork.
"Everyone is on such a high, people you would bump into at home and probably wouldn't talk to are super-friendly out here. It's brilliant! I don't mean to sound like Santa Claus on Prozac." -- Donnacha Ryan in a happy place after his World Cup debut.
"Thank Goodness for the Springboks, because without their promising form we would be forced into declaring that the All Blacks will win Webb Ellis at a canter." -- The New Zealand Herald loses the run of itself after an 'awesome' win over a clearly disinterested France.
11 The number of Italian players in their squad of 30 born outside Italy.
Pool A: Canada v Japan
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Pool C: Italy v US
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Pool B: Georgia v Romania
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