— Guinness Ireland (@GuinnessIreland) October 19, 2019
If Argentina was playing any other team than the All Blacks I’d be backing Los Pumas.
Since they are playing New Zealand I’m saying vamos Argentina pero no demasiado bien – play well Argentina, but not too well.
I’m conflicted with the other quarter-final game.
I want the winner to be whichever team the All Blacks are most likely to defeat should we get through to the next round and I’d like that to be Australia. But my farmer who knows far more about rugby than I do and who was in Brisbane to for the last Tri-Nations game when the Wallabies beat the All Blacks, reckons South Africa might be an easier semi-final opponent.
We were at a 21st birthday party last night but what from what I saw of the two games, Wales deserved its 22-10 victory over Ireland and the French earned their semi-fianl spot by beating England 19 -12.
Twenty four hours hasn’t helped me decide who to back so I’ll bow to Inventory 2 who knows much more than I do about rugby.
He’s picking wins by the Irish and French.
He’s also picking Wanganui to beat East Coast in the Meads Cup.
The upset win by Ireland over Australia last night will have more than Irish eyes smiling.
Rugby World Tournament organisers will be delighted that the competition, which was warming up anyway, has been well and truly set alight.
The Welsh players will no doubt be thinking of the death of four men after a flood in a coal mine near Swansea on Friday when they meet Samoa this afternoon.
I’m backing Samoa in that game, Canada against France and for what might be the only time in the tournament I’ll be siding with England when the team meets Georgia in Dunedin.
Headline of the day: Brave Blossoms no match for All Blacks.
Is this the first time in the history of the English language that that adjective and noun have been used together?
There was no surprise in the All Blacks win last night, but Japan deserves credit for improvement and it’s a good sign for rugby that the game didn’t end up with a cricket score.
Today I’m backing blue again taking the Pumas in their game against Romania.
It’s a bit harder to choose between the Wallaibes and Ireland but I’ll go for our southern neighbours as I usually do unless they’re playing us.
I’m sticking with neighbours in the other game too, backing Fiji against the Springboks.
On December 29:
1170 Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
13th-century manuscript illumination, an early depiction of Becket’s assassination.
Madame de Pompadour, portrait by François Boucher.
1800 Charles Goodyear, American inventor, was born.
1809 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born.
|Wood engraving published in Harper’s Weekly, 20 January 1877|
1880 Tuhiata, or Tuhi, was hanged in Wellington for the murder of the artist Mary Dobie at Te Namu Bay, Opunake. Tuhi wrote to the Governor days before his execution asking that ‘my bad companions, your children, beer, rum and other spirits die with me’.
1911 Sun Yat-sen became the provisional President of the Republic of China.
1911 Mongolia gained independence from the Qing dynasty.
1936 Birth of Mary Tyler Moore, American actress.
1939 First flight of the Consolidated B-24.
1940 In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe firebombed the city, killing almost 200 civilians.
Herbert Mason’s iconic photograph taken 29 December 1940, published front page of Daily Mail 31 December 1940
1946 Marianne Faithfull, British singer, was born.
1949 KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
1975 A bomb exploded at La Guardia Airport in New York City, killing 11 people and injuring 74.
Sourced from NZ HIstory Online & Wikipedia.