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Review of the 2011 Rugby Year

Rugby News and updates from the past year

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Contents Pages 1,2 RUGBY magazine poster Pages 3,4 2011 rugby world cup Pages 5,6 2011 RBS six nations Page 7 2011 Hong Kong rugby sevens Page 8 Bibliography


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The 2011 Rugby World Cup Easily one of the most notable features of the past year of Rugby is the World Cup, hosted by New Zealand, and followed by millions around the globe. The world’s rugby carnival consisted of 48 matches in a little over six weeks. Some of these were predictable, with the lesser nations often laid to the sword by the youthful dominating aristocrats of the tournament, although there were some spirited performances from the likes of Japan and Romania early on. Russia, at their first World Cup, secured

their first point, a bonus point in the 13-6 loss to the USA, and the re-emergence of Pacific sides Samoa and Tonga, although they failed to make it beyond pool play, was a positive that matched the fanatical support these two small countries enjoyed. The southern hemisphere triumvirate of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand were expected to rule the roost. But Ireland put that prediction out the window with their 15-6 pool win over Australia, and Wales came within a point of the reigning champion South Africa.

When Craig Joubert’s whistle brought Rugby World Cup 2011 to a finish and ended a 24-year wait for New Zealand to win their second Rugby World Cup, it set off a series of celebrations the length and breadth of the nation. On the

field Graham Henry’s side were able to celebrate an 8-7 win over France that was the culmination of eight years’ hard work under his direction as coach of the All Blacks and meant Richie McCaw lifted the Webb Ellis Cup.


The final fixtures of the world cup Final: 23 October New Zealand 8-7 France (Eden Park, Auckland) Bronze final: 21 October Wales 18-21 Australia (Eden Park, Auckland Semi-final One: 15 October Wales 8-9 France (Eden Park, Auckland) Semi-final Two: 16 October Australia 6-20 New Zealand (Eden Park, Auckland) Quarter-final One: 8 October Ireland 10-22 Wales (Westpac Stadium, Wellington) Quarter-final Two: 8 October England 12-19 France (Eden Park, Auckland) Quarter-final Three: 9 October South Africa 9-11 Australia (Wellington Regional Stadium) Quarter-final Four: 9 October New Zealand 33-10 Argentina (Eden Park, Auckland


RBS Six Nations 2011 2011 SIX NATIONS FINAL STANDINGS & RESULTS

England won their first title in eight years, a world away from the previous season when they struggled to beat Italy, lost at home to Ireland and fought out a sterile draw with Scotland, but it seemed little consolation in the immediate aftermath of missing out on the grand slam by coming a distant second to Ireland in Dublin. England finished with four victories out of five and, had their order been reversed, losing to Wales on the opening night in Cardiff and then defeating the rest, Easter and his fellow players would have been in a more celebratory mood in Dublin even though their record would have been the same. England, who won grand slams in the Under-20 and women’s tournaments, were worthy champions, even if they slowed down as they neared the line. England had a cadre of veterans then and Dublin showed the value of experience. Ireland’s warhorses delivered having been unconvincing

in the first four rounds and that is one of the strengths of the Six Nations. Its history can give even seemingly dead fixtures a resonance and nothing stirs the Celts like the opportunity to deny England a prize. As night fell in Dublin on Saturday, it was Ireland who should have been besieged by disappointment, not England. They finished with three victories out of five and had the opportunity to beat France and Wales. Sean Cronin messed up in the dying moments against the French in Dublin while Paddy Wallace failed to pass to the unmarked Keith Earls outside him in the final moments against Wales in Cardiff when a converted try would have won the game. On such moments are tournaments won and lost. England showed the necessary composure in Cardiff, using the ball with more invention than their hosts, and clinched a tight contest against France with a cleverly worked try. They knew they faced a storm in Dublin, but it lasted longer than expected and they were mangled by the sustained fury of the men in green.


England captain Nick Easter lifts the Six Nations trophy Nick Easter’s expression as he took hold of the Six Nations trophy in a Dublin hotel on Saturday night could not have been more woebegone had he been clutching the award for the least valuable player of the tournament.


The HK Rugby Sevens 2011 The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is much more than Asia’s biggest sporting event, the annual arrival of the tournament to town signals city wide celebrations, in the nearest thing Hong Kong has to mardi gras. Inside the stadium, fans dress

up, drink and, if there’s time, watch one of the rugby world’s best tournaments. Outside, pubs, bars and restaurants offer special Hong Kong Rugby Sevens deals to lure in the thousands of fans who couldn’t squeeze inside the stadium.

The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens were one of the first rugby union tournaments to attract major commercial sponsorship when Cathay Pacific sponsored the very first Sevens in 1976. The event, which is older than the Rugby World Cup, has sped up the modernisation of rugby

unions. It also gives an exotic touch to rugby, with non-traditional rugby playing countries showcasing their best. Today, the Sevens is also known as a place to launch the careers of promising rugby stars.

Celebratory hakka by the New Zealand team after winning in 2011.


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Rugby in 2011