Rugby World Cup quarter finals

The Rugby World Cup quarter finals will be played today and tomorrow in Japan.

Tonight (NZ times):

  • Australia v England, 8:15 pm
  • Ireland v New Zealand, 11:15 pm

They will be streamed live by Spark Sport. Only the New Zealand game will be delayed broadcast free to air on TV1.

I’ll watch the first game live, then stream the All Black game when I get up in the morning.

Both of these games could easily go either way.

I’m hoping the All Blacks win, but if Ireland is good enough to beat them then good on them.

Sunday night (NZ times):

  • France v Wales, 8:15 pm
  • Japan v South Africa, 11:15 pm

Wales are favourites too win the first game tomorrow but the French have a habit of lifting for key games, sometimes.

Japan will have a tough battle against South Africa, who would normally be expected to win, but the Brave Blossoms have exceeded expectations already and have an opportunity to do it again.

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  1. Gezza

     /  19th October 2019

    Should all be good games to watch. I’ll try & get a nap in today & watch the tv1 delayed ireland v NZ one.

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  2. Kimbo

     /  19th October 2019

    And hopefully that is the last we see or hear of the risible Michael Cheika at the international level. Has been bringing rugby into disrepute for too long with his crap criticism of referees, dumb plot theories and stupid amateur dramatics. Not to mention that the standard of the Wallabies (admittedly not all his fault as the quality of their Super Rugby franchises has fallen dramatically) has dropped away badly on his watch.

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    • Kimbo

       /  19th October 2019

      …and irony of ironies, for probably the first time in his tenure Cheika shows some class and dignity in his concession speech. And it’s hard not to feel a modicum of sympathy for him – or anyone – in that situation.

      Alas, however, Cheika should still suffer from the unchanging maxim of top level sport concerning the two types of coaches: those who have been dumped…and those who are about to be.

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      • Blazer

         /  23rd October 2019

        yes hero to zero..coach of the year to oblivion..what happened?Did he forget how to be a good coach?

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  3. Gezza

     /  20th October 2019

    🤔 Hmm. 10.35 am on a Sunday morning & no one’s posted yet.

    Looks like everyone who is anyone stayed up late & watched the 1/4 final. Now we’re all ruggered & sleeping in. 😀

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  20th October 2019

      Didn’t want to wake you when you were snoring so happily.

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      • Gezza

         /  20th October 2019

        I’ve got one of those headaches behind the eyes that you get when you haven’t had enuf sleep. An hour or so out feeding the birds – & my big beautiful Elvira Longfin down at the Eel Spot in the blustering cool Norwester & grey skies so typical of October in Welly has helped a bit – blows the cobwebs out.

        I’m waiting for Missy’s update on the Brexit shambles.

        PS: A pansy for you know who. 😉

        🌸

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    • Kimbo

       /  20th October 2019

      Very good. You have to give credit to the Irish fans, unlike Kiwis, South Africans, Aussies or the Welsh, they lose with good humour. And while not overlooking that this Irish team has achieved some great victories over the last few years, Irish rugby homourists often observe, “Ah, well, that’d be because we have so much bloody practice at losing!” 😳😂🇮🇪☘️

      Like the time the Irish flyhalf with the most un-Irish of surnames, Michael English was beaten in the last few minutes by his England opposite and one-time 1959 Lions team mate, Philip Horrocks-Taylor, thereby conceding the winning score in an international at Twickenham in the early 1960s. After the match, and sitting in the changing room some ten minutes of morose and reflective silence was finally broken by one of his disappointed team mates asking, “I know we can all make mistakes, Micky, but I just don’t understand how you missed that tackle”.

      English took a deep breath and replied, “Well, Boys, it was loike this: Horrocks went one way,…Taylor went the other….and I was left holding the bloody hyphen”.

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  4. Gezza

     /  21st October 2019

    This is worth a grin 😀

    Irish Examiner columnist’s hilarious explanation of Rugby World Cup rules:
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12278406

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  5. duperez

     /  23rd October 2019

    Eddie Jones burped, Steve Hansen farted? Don’t worry, the Herald will have it in headlines.

    Jones didn’t burp, Hansen didn’t fart? That’ll be there too. The journalists are crawling over each other to come up with ten stories each a day.
    When there’s nothing happening, like today, there’s:
    ‘England quizzed on Eddie Jones’ shock claims,’
    ‘A dig at McCaw? Eddie Jones’ sneaky shot at All Blacks legend’
    ‘Mischievous Eddie at his best: How England put more pressure on ABs,’
    ‘Kiwi arrogance’: English star’s foul-mouthed clash with All Black,’
    ’15 blokes dancing: England great’s dig at All Blacks haka,’
    ‘England star: ‘I’ve never bought into the whole All Blacks aura’,
    ‘Are you mad?’: The All Blacks decision which stunned English legend.’

    That’s just some of them. Today. I admit I clicked on none. (I have been described as a rugby nut.)

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  6. duperez

     /  23rd October 2019

    Oops, missed ‘Art of manipulation: Inside the ‘lonely’ life of Steve Hansen.’

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  7. duperez

     /  25th October 2019

    I was tempted to click to see who the writer was in “UK writer: Why ‘no dickheads’ policy is All Blacks’ greatest lie.” I didn’t.

    Doing so would have made me a dickhead. And regardless of who it was, he undoubtedly is. 🙂

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    • Gezza

       /  25th October 2019

      Yup. Got ya head screwed on right there. 😊

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    • Corky

       /  25th October 2019

      Duperez… is it possible the test against England will be the AB’s World Cup final given the opposition, should they win, will be either SA or Wales.. teams they should be able to comfortably beat. But what happens if England play at their best and test the ABs to the limit”? Should the ABs win, will they have enough in the tank for the finals? The same goes for either Wales or SA. I think this`coming Saturday may see the best rugby of this tournament played.

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      • Blazer

         /  25th October 2019

        they’ve got 31 players…I think a game lasts 80 minutes. 😉

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      • duperez

         /  25th October 2019

        Entirely possible that the winner of NZ v England will be knackered for the final. It is said the English are super fit and trained for whatever comes. South Africa should beat Wales on what I’ve seen so far and shouldn’t have too much taken out of them.

        In the three games which really mattered this season the All Blacks played near their best. Unfortunately this England team seems to have the ability to capitalise on mistakes and as usual it could get down to whoever makes the lesser of those.

        I am a real fan or rugby, which means in this game I don’t care if there are 427 collapsed scrums, 37 dropped passes and 7 cards, yellow and red, as long as the All Blacks get at least one more point than England.

        The teams in the other semi-final smashing each other to smithereens and having to go into extra time would be a bonus. If England beat New Zealand I hope South Africa win in a canter with little exertion and no injuries. 🏉

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