Girls guide to rugby

What are my qualifications for writing this blog you may ask 

Well, I can spell Rugby, and I’m a girl

  • I once, briefly,  coached a rugby team of 7 or 8 year-old boys
  • My husband coached a team ( Shirley Club)
  • Buck Shelford is my by marriage cousie-bro (for the curious; his grandfather and my mother-in-law were twins)
  • I am a  one-eyed Cantabrian and an All Blacks supporter
  • My younger son played for Shirley, and Canterbury in the lowest grade (before a major motor-bike accident)
  • I opposed the Springboks playing in NZ and was even arrested in 1981 for protesting
  • I’m opinionated and love fun – and these are my best qualifications to write this blog

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How to pick the best team to follow

 If you don’t have a particular local team to follow during the world cup colours are a great way to choose one.

Find the team whose colours suit YOU best and become their fan. If black makes YOU look cute, follow the All Blacks.  If green and gold are your favourite colours well it’s the Australian team for you as that’s their sporting strip.  There are many stripes of red, blue and white.

When the forwards get into a huddle to fight for the ball the technical term is a scrum. Sometimes the “other team” behave badly when in this pack, (cluster or huddle) and have to be sent to the sin-bin.

Learn history: NZ Rugby started in Nelson – it originated in the mid-1800s, in the UK, when some cheeky bloke called William Web-Ellis picked up the ‘foot’ ball and ran with it: or so I believe!

For your information: touch judges never touch anyone, and hookers are not REAL hookers – they are very import in the scrum as it’s their job to ‘hook the ball’ away for the ‘other’ team. When they do that they become happy-hookers, although this is not an official rugby term.

Use Numerology Pick the player to support and follow by his number ( which as you know equates to his position on the field) For me that would be an  easy choice, as my local team, (Canterbury/Crusaders ) and the All  Blacks #7 is the world’s #1 (Richie McCaw )

Learn the rules and rugby-speak. That will amaze the boys (and other girls too I guess) then pick a team (or player) and support them totally: remember they can do no wrong! A sign at the Christchurch Central library – ‘books with balls’ – Well, rugby is a game with balls! The commentators often make (inadvertently) funny comments when talking about balls and you can too.

Crouch, touch, pause, engage. This is a rugby term used when the forwards get into a huddle to fight for the ball. It can be used as a timing strategy in many situations that need a few seconds countdown. A friend uses it daily in her to get in and out of her apartment

The three biggest men are put in the front row of the scrum, and the next two biggest get behind (they call these men ‘the tight five’ because they hang onto each other tightly) them and try to push the other team backwards. In the ‘olden days’ supporters would call out ‘weight weight’ meaning put more weight into the big shove. My mother embarrassed me by saying “No, don’t wait.’ She needed a guide like this!

The ‘backs’ have mathematical terms for some position names – for someone lousy at figures it is not strange that my teenage love played as ‘fullback’ or #15 rather than one of the five-eights. Other names such as ‘centre’ #13 and ‘wing’ (11 & 14) are self-explanatory

The ‘tight-five’ is a dangerous place to be especially for ears. Many people don’t like cauliflower, and no-one wants their ears to be called that but many front-rowers have them because of repeated hits to the ear. Once this happens, the person’s ear may look lumpy forever. Some wise players try to prevent this by wearing headgear.

Read rugby history … this link is about the 50 greatest All Blacks … knowing this will impress your rugby-head mates

 

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I take a Wellington walk

I took a walk in Wellington yesterday as part of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk.

With  40+  Wellingtonians, we shot an eclectic range a pics … here are just some of mine.

Please let me know (in the comments) which one you think I should have entered in the competition: we’re only allowed to enter one! No theme!

I’ve named the pics for ease of comment and, as I have already entered one and will announce it after I see your ideas about ‘the best’ and the competition is finished: last year I believe there were about 25,000 entries!

Last year some 30, 000 people were involved in about 1300 cities.

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Wellesley Boutique Hotel: rugby, fashion, politics and me

Isn’t it funny how things happen: in Wellington for nearly two years, I had never heard of The Wellesley Boutique Hotel when in less than ten days I find myself attending three events there – rugby, fashion, and a soiree.

At the first, I was invited by  Peter Cullen (The Employment Law Firm) to breakfast to hear the great Hugo Porta (legendary Argentinian  No.1 fly half ) speak along with the All Blacks coach Steve Hanson, and Los Pumas former player and now coach, Santiago Phelan, talking before the 2012 Rugby Championship match in Wellington, New Zealand.  I enjoyed hearing all of them talk and especially, Hugo talking of the charity he runs – he is in the New Zealand Rugby Hall of Fame.

A week later, also by invitation to breakfast from Peter Cullen, I was there to hear Dame Suzie Moncrieff talk about WOW, the World of Wearable Art, due to start only days later. I have not been to a show, yet, but have been to its Gallery in Nelson  – I have also seen the touring exhibition when it was showing in Christchurch – at the museum – recently.

Dame Suzie, the founder of the World of Wearable Art (WOW) show, has made an outstanding contribution locally, nationally and internationally in the arts scene.

Once described as “Mardi Gras meets Haute Couture at a Peter Gabriel concert directed by Salvador Dali,” WOW twists conventional perceptions of art and fashion. WOW creates a world where art and the human form combine, and where dance, music and lighting blur the lines of fashion and art.

WOW is proudly a New Zealand event, but the extravaganza attracts thousands of visitors and dozens of entries from all over the world each year. Now in its 24th year, this year has been a big year for Dame Suzie:

  • She has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the arts in the New Years Honours;
  • She was a finalist in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the year;
  • She took WOW to Hong Kong for its first public show overseas where it played to sold out audiences.

She was an inspirational speaker.

The following day I was back at The Wellesley Boutique Hotel  for a celebration of their hotels in the greater Wellington region, and which is now part of the Heritage Boutique Collection, a division of Heritage Hotel Management.

As someone new to Wellington it was good to meet travel industry people from the Martinborough  and Wairarapa areas – they have convinced me I need to head over the hill for a few days to explore the region – and it’s great that summers coming!

I’m told the “Heritage Boutique Collection Hotels are designed for corporate, leisure and the conference traveller, and offer guests a certainty when selecting boutique accommodation because of our high and exacting standards” said Ronnie Ronalde, General Manager of Heritage Boutique Collection.

The Wellesley is a four-story Georgian Revival building (seems it won an architectural gold medal in 1932) that sits solidly on a quiet corner in the CBD – perfect for any guest to Wellington – handy to everything in this great walking city.

I haven’t eaten at the Wellesley’s Maginnity Restaurant – once I have I’ll let you know about it!

So there you go – never heard of a place and suddenly I’m a regular –and I’m back there later in October to hear the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key.

Rugby world cup .. crunching the numbers over the years

My daughter loves figures and did this chart … now she hope to be in the UK for the next RWC!

New Zealand in Rugby World Cup

 

Year Location NZ place Final Won Final Lost Teams
1987 New Zealand & Australia

Eden Park, Auckland

 

1st New Zealand 29 France 9 16
1991 England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France

Twickenham Stadium, London

 

3rd (won against Scotland 13-6 after losing to Australia 6-16 in semis) Australia 12 England 6 16
1995 South Africa

Ellis Park, Johannesburg

 

2nd South Africa 15 New Zealand 12 16
1999 Wales (also England, France, Scotland and Ireland)

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

 

4th (lost to SA 18-22 after losing to France 31-43 in semis) Australia 35 France 12 20 – 1st professional RWC
2003 Australia

Telstra Stadium, Sydney

 

3rd (won 40-13 against France after losing to Australia 10-22 in semis) England 20 Australia 17 20
2007 France (+ 4 in Wales & 2 in Scotland)

Stade de France, St-Denis, Paris

Quarter Finalists (lost to France 18-20)[1] South Africa 15 England 6 20
2011 New Zealand

Eden Park, Auckland

 

1st New Zealand 8 France 7 20

 


[1] Australia also lost in Quarters, against England 10-12; Fiji lost to SA; Scotland lost to Argentina – Argentina ended up 3rd beating France in the Bronze Final

Poignant photo from Christchurch & a letter to the All Blacks

This poignant photo I took in  Christchurch reminds me of the quake-ruined cathedral, the lack of Rugby World Cup events in my old city, the loss of  Lancaster Park/AMI Stadium, and now one of our Cantabrians, Dan Carter, being injured and out of the RWC (this time) too.

It also reminds us rugby it’s a team sport and we kiwis are part of the team so lets keep supporting black and keep painting it black.

Kia kaha ALL BLACKS – we’re behind each player.

So, enjoy the games, do your best and we WILL love you win or lose – we are proud of you all  –  you know that!

Wellington Fan Zone, RWC, and Festival

The Wellington waterfront site for the local RWC Fan Zone and  Real NZ Festival is attracting lots of visitors and locals – although Wellingtonians always use their waterfront asset well!

Made by Weta Workshop

Scots watch their team play Romania

Stand here - in front of the 'line-out' sculpture and wave to your friends. See here http://www.live.wellington.govt.nz

 

 

South African fan in Cuba Street