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    Is this a good time to bring up the chap whose tattoo celebrates both the 2007 and 2011 All Blacks victories?

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    That's the spirit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    Quaggas - Rugby Union Sim see this thread and sign up if you are interested need a front row.
    Ok, as long as I do have to download any software.... what's involved?

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    No software to download - I think HeathDavis just does all the work for us. We just check the thread from time to time to see what happened.

    Click on the link and sign up - just follow the instructions pick a position that no one else has picked.

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    So I was flipping through the channels today, and I came across the Canada vs USA rugby match. I'm guessing it was a warm-up for the World Cup.

    Stoked to see Canada beat the US 28-22. That in itself is the World Cup for me.

    Anyway, it's the first time I've actually watched a live rugby match for longer than 10 minutes. Still trying to understand the game in its entirety. Seems like a decent sport, there'd perhaps be more interest here if Canada were any good, which I'm not sure if they are or not (one of you rugby junkies to confirm). But it's all good, as long as we beat the US consistently.

    Also, seems like rugby is quite similar to cricket in that only a handful of nations are any good at it or follow it religiously.
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    Canada has a good grass roots following of the game in BC - unlike Cricket it is played by people born in Canada as opposed to ex pats from other countries - I think Canada is ranked about 13th or 14th in the world.

    Yes their arch rivals are the US and Canada normally wins.

    I would like to see rugby take off in Canada more than cricket - as there is more potential for it.

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    Yep, there are only about 10 seriously rugby-following countries in the world. And three and half of them are this country.

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    Yeah, I remember my high school being one of the few to have a Rugby team. But it was never really popular compared to a lot of the other sports. I see most of the national team consists of players from BC and the Toronto area. A couple of players seem to be from Europe as well.

    I think I'm going to give Rugby a chance here and give it a watch during the World Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Yep, there are only about 10 seriously rugby-following countries in the world. And three and half of them are this country.
    name your 10 out of interest...

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    Well the 3 1/2 he refers to are Wales Ireland and Scotland, with 1/2 being England Ph34r

    PS: Men's rugby in the US is only seriously played at Berkeley.

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    I can count about 8 teams - then there are others I am not sure about
    Is the game followed in Argentina - probably not but I have met an Argentinian fan before so maybe...

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    I seem to remember there being a big, noisy crowd when the ABs played in Argentina once. But I might be imagining that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    I can count about 8 teams - then there are others I am not sure about
    Is the game followed in Argentina - probably not but I have met an Argentinian fan before so maybe...
    Home nations: 4, Tri-Nations: 3, Pacific Islands: 3 plus France, Argentina & Italy(ish).

    It's surprisingly sizeable in Japan, but this isn't reflected in their ever-poor national side.

    Canada actually made the world cup Quarter-Finals in 1991, thanks to wins over Fiji and Romania.
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    It appears I've got a good dose of the thread title - I just felt compelled to cough up the healthy sum of money for a ticket to the NZ v Tonga game. Really looking forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ed_ View Post
    It appears I've got a good dose of the thread title - I just felt compelled to cough up the healthy sum of money for a ticket to the NZ v Tonga game. Really looking forward to it.
    What price is the cheapest ticket still available for that match? I have tickets for a few of the games at North Harbour for pretty reasonable prices.

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