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Small world for red-faced snapper

QUEENSTOWN will be left behind with a heavy heart today, as the Ireland party relocates to New Plymouth and the beautiful vistas and relaxed lifestyle of New Zealand's most beautiful location abandoned for the stark realities of the World Cup challenges ahead.

The primary virtues of this town have been well documented, but one that has not received much airplay is its accessibility. The Irish media hotel is as close to the town centre as The Berkeley Court to Lans- downe. That fact did not stop one Irish photographer from getting a taxi home the other evening, which led to the following, mortifying chat with the bemused driver.

"Howya, the Copthorne Hotel. Jeez, it's cold out there, so are you busy tonight ... oh, we're here. Can I get a receipt please?"

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Fergburger -- Claiming to be the 'best burger joint in New Zealand', Fergburger is Queenstown's busiest food establishment, with Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll also now a fan. "I have to say I had the best burger I have ever tasted at Fergburger the other day," said O'Driscoll. "And the second one wasn't bad either."

"I hope so" -- Wallabies out-half Quade Cooper anticipates Kiwi abuse following his altercation with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw two weeks ago.

"You can chuck that away mate. We just snot on the ground over here" -- Martin Johnson's former Kings Country second-row partner Russell Alve recalls spotting a handkerchief in a young Johnson's shorts pocket.

Number of the day

52 Ireland's win percentage at the World Cup, 13 wins from 25 matches.

Irish Independent