RWC kicks off in Auckland tonight with the opening ceremony and the opening match, our All Blacks v Tonga. It's been 24 long years since we won the inaugaural World Cup also hosted here in New Zealand.
24 long years of 4 yearly heartbreak as we miss out on the big prize. Surely this will be our year?? The tournament runs for 6 weeks, with the final on October 23 at Eden Park in Auckland.
People all over the country are getting in to the excitement, decorating houses, shops, schools with flags and banners from their favourite country. There's been a very successful campaign to 'adopt a second team' where everyone is encouraged to support one of the other teams along with our own All Blacks. Down south most are supporting Scotland who are playing a couple of their games here. But for me, my heart is black!!
I've been keeping a little secret for a couple of months - I'm going to Auckland for the semi-finals in mid-October ....... both of them! My two brothers both live overseas and are coming home for the RWC, and they have four tickets for the semifinals so have invited our Dad and I to join them for the weekend. So I am like a pig in mud at the moment ......... it's going to be so wonderful to have a family reunion of sorts for us all. Now I just have to hope that we make it to the semis - surely we couldn't not make it again! My prediction(This is where I may look silly in about 6 weeks lol) is for a New Zealand v Australia final.... sorry to the South Africans, French and English who are also possibilities, but you know me I have to open my big mouth and lay it all on the line.
The other positive to RWC is that with lots of evenings on the couch watching games, I might get caught up on some more stitching too............
Rugby World Cup NZ 2011 - BRING IT ON!
Go ALL BLACKS