Rugby World Cup story of the week: The day I met a real winning Dunedin dame by the UK Sunday times’ rugby writer Stephen Jones.
I love the way the provinces have got behind the teams. Some commentators have been unkind enough to suggest full stadiums for minnows’ matches is a reflection on how little there is to do in somewhere like Palmerston North. I prefer to see it as people getting into the spirit of the occasion and thoroughly enjoying themselves.
I stopped in Ashburton for Turkish takeaways on my way home from Christchurch last night and was served by a Romanian who’d enjoyed having his national team in New Zealand but was understandably disappointed in their performance.
They lost all their games, their last against Georgia ended with a score of 25 – 9.
Canada and Japan tied on 23 points in their game.
Italy scored a bonus point in their 27 – 10 win against the USA.
In another example of hope triumphing over experience I’m backing Samoa in tonight’s Rugby World Cup match against South Africa.