Friday, September 12, 2008

Men in Black vs. Convicts 3N Decider

The Tri-Nations championship decider goes late tonight (early morning ET) in Brisbane. The Wallabies, coming off the shock 53-8 slaughter at the hands of the wooden-spoon-holding Springboks, host the All Blacks at one of New Zealand's happier hunting grounds in Australia. The All Blacks are back to full-strength after their 101-14 mid-week pulverisation of Samoa last week. Should be a cracker, with all sorts of interesting sub-plots, from All Black lock Brad Thorn playing against his adopted nation in front of his home crowd (!), and his ex-Crusader coach Robbie Deans trying to claim the prize away from his home-nation Kiwis (!!).

AUSTRALIA: 1. Benn Robinson, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Al Baxter, 4. James Horwill, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 6. Rocky Elsom, 7. George Smith, 8. Wycliff Palu, 9. Sam Cordingley, 10. Matt Giteau, 11. Lote Tuqiri, 12. Stirling Mortlock (captain), 13. Ryan Cross, 14. Peter Hynes, 15. Adam Ashley-Cooper. Reserves: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Matt Dunning, 18. Hugh McMeniman, 19. Phil Waugh, 20. Richard Brown, 21. Brett Sheehan, 22. Drew Mitchell.

NEW ZEALAND: 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Andrew Hore, 3. Greg Somerville, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Ali Williams, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Richie McCaw (captain), 8. Rodney So'oialo, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 10. Dan Carter, 11. Sitiveni Sivivatu, 12. Ma'a Nonu, 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Richard Kahui, 15. Mils Muliaina. Reserves: 16. Keven Mealamu, 17. John Afoa/ Neemia Tialata, 18. Anthony Boric, 19. Adam Thomson, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Stephen Donald, 22. Isaia Toeava.

Date: Saturday, September 13
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 20:00 (10:00 GMT)
Weather: Warm and clear, 17 C.
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Touch judges: Craig Joubert, Mark Lawrence
TMO: Johann Meuwesen


At 6:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there, I know the following has nothing to do with the Tri-Nations but I could not find any contact details on the site. I thought that you might, as a Canadian interested in Rugby, be intrigued to find out more about the inaugural Social Rugby World Championships. Herewith follows the press release.

Social Rugby World Championships 2009 Media Release
For Immediate Release
Cape Town, 15 September 2008

BigFish Sports Productions is proud to announce the first ever Social Rugby World Championships. To be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 13 – 26 June 2009.

The tournament – hosted in one of the world’s most beautiful cities – promises to be packed with great running rugby, good times and teams from across the globe.

Professional rugby has certainly made its mark worldwide – during 2007 TV audiences for The Rugby World Cup grew to a record high 4.2 billion viewers, with over 2.2 million spectators attending the games live.

Yet, there remains no international outlet for the dedicated players of the social game – aged 18 to 39 who don’t compete for first team honours – the competitors who simply play for fun.

The Social Rugby World Championships 2009 will coincide with the British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa and be hosted by Villagers RFC – Cape Town’s second oldest rugby club.

Having the tournament at the same time as the Lions tour will allow touring teams the opportunity to enjoy 5 social games of rugby with the added opportunity of watching the World Champions take on the Lions!

See for a complete schedule of games.

§ All teams should include a maximum of 30 players, with 2 spots open for management.
§ There will be a total of 40 games with each team playing 5 games guaranteed.
§ 16 international teams will compete in 4 pools of 4 teams each.
§ The teams in each pool will play against one another in a round robin fashion.
§ Once the pool stages have been concluded semi-finals will be held for Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield competitions.
§ Thereafter finals and 3rd/4th play-off games will take place.

§ All competing teams will also enjoy a day out with previously disadvantaged communities holding coaching workshops in township areas in and around Cape Town.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an ‘Old Crocks’ tournament, but aimed at 18 – 39 year olds playing the game for fun – guys not competing for competitive honours at provincial/county or even club 1st team honours.

For more information please visit The Social Rugby World Championships 2009 official website – or if you want to be part of this groundbreaking event feel free to contact the organisers on

Yours in rugby,
Rolf Fitschen
+27 83 414 1819


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