New Zealand fans get shirty
England's decision to adopt an all-black change strip (worn, below, by Jonny Wilkinson) has really ruffled feathers over here and there was widespread anger when they wore that gear for their opening match against Argentina.
Watching the game in a New Plymouth bar, an English friend was getting increasingly irritated by the loud support for the Pumas and anti-English shouts from the well-lubricated Irish and Kiwi fans present.
And the teeth-gritting went off the chart when one middle-aged New Zealand crone (clad in the worst knock-off Ireland jersey imaginable) slurred the following question: "Why are those f***** Poms wearing black when they come to our country? It's completely disrespectful."
"Do you own colours now as well?" came the clipped English reply. "Is it okay if I leave on my black T-shirt?"
Hosts 'haka'd off'
by dance routine
It seems even the Kiwis are getting sick of the old tongues-out routine, judging by a letter in yesterday's 'New Zealand Herald', carried under the banner 'All haka'd out'.
Jan Petersen from Pukekohe feels the Maori war dance is being over-used at this World Cup and even claims to be "ashamed" by the whole song and dance routine.
"I watched the wonderful opening celebrations. I saw the haka, again I saw the haka, then more hakas," wrote Mr Petersen.
"The bare bottoms, the false tattoos, a total embarrassment, is this the best our nation has to represent ourselves to the world?"
Well said, Jim.
"Ireland is sick." -- Not trendy slang for the 'coolness' of the Emerald Isle, but rather former French flanker Olivier Magne's take on Ireland's opening display against the USA.
"He's a monster and he's got a bit of speed. He's quite brainy too." -- Samoan scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'I writes the personal ad for Alessana Tuilagi.
number of the day
3 The number of times Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has beaten the Australians, once with the Lions in 2001, and twice with Ireland in 2002 and 2006.
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