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New Zealand fans get shirty

Published 13/09/2011 | 05:00

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.

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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.

QUOTE-UNQUOTE

"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.

tomorrow's action

Pool D: Samoa v Namibia 3.30am

Pool A: Tonga v Canada 6.0am

Pool B: Scotland v Georgia 8.30am

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