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All Blacks could ‘pick’ their opponents

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news on 17 Dec 2008 at 06:54
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New Zealand Rugby Union officials will be asked for their ideal match-up for the opening match at the 2011 World Cup on home soil, but that does not mean the All Blacks will be granted a dream match against nemeses France.

Rugby 365 reports that the final decision on who will face the All Blacks in the much-anticipated opening match of their home tournament rests with the organisers, Rugby New Zealand (RNZ) 2011.

Martin Snedden, the RNZ 2011 Chief Executive, confirmed that they will make the call – not the NZRU or All Black management – as to the opponents for the tournament opener.

The World Cup draw held in London two weeks ago confirmed the All Blacks in the same pool as France, Tonga and two yet-to-qualify nations from Asia and the Americas.

Japan is expected to secure the Asian spot, while America or Canada are expected to be the final team to make up Pool A.

Tonga and the All Blacks’ World Cup nemesis France have been mentioned as possible opponents when the World Cup kicks off on September 9, 2011.

France have twice ended the All Blacks’ tournament hopes, in the semifinal stages in 1999 and then in last year’s quarterfinal in Cardiff.

The All Blacks won the first-ever World Cup by beating France 29-9 in the Final of the 1987 tournament.

Snedden said a host of interested parties would be asked for their suggestions, including the NZRU, but RNZ 2011 would have the final say.

“We will give them ideas of our thinking and ask for any feedback they have got,” Snedden told Yahoo!Xtra.

“It is like with the IRB, we are working with them quite a lot.

“And once the broadcasters are known, we will get into discussions with them to get their feedback to what works for them.

“It is a matter of getting ideas together.

“But in the end, it is up to us. We will go back to the best interests of the tournament.”

Tradition states the host nation plays in the opening match of the event.

While the World Cup draw has been completed, the actual playing schedule won’t be confirmed until mid-May.

Whether the All Blacks would want to play an opposition as strong as France first-up remains to be seen.

“That [All Blacks/France] is the thing people instantly jumped hold of,” Snedden told Yahoo!Xtra.

“And it certainly has a lot of appeal.

“But equally, for us, New Zealand/Tonga does have some appeal. It is a balancing act.

“We know that New Zealand are going to be playing France in the tournament. And it is going to be a special game whether it is the first, second or third round.

“It is really just a matter of working out where best it should be.”


  • Anything except a France v NZ opening match will be a cop out by he Kiwis.

    But their first priority should be to get the four more years monkey off their backs.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.12.08 07:03:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Tonga v NZ would be good. But do we really want to start the world cup with a dance-off? 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.12.08 10:57:22 by McLovin Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Four more years?????? Try 24 more years! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.12.08 15:44:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : The University of Hawaii Football (gridiron) does a Haka before all their games.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.12.08 15:45:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 4) :

    The haka is for moffies!!!

    I will klap any Kiwi who does the Haka Kaka in front of me…

    Jerry Collins is first on the list… 😯

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.12.08 15:57:37 by wpw Reply
  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 4) : Interesting.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.12.08 16:05:55 by McLovin Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : sure – I’ll give him your address. Barnstaple isn’t too far from here…

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.12.08 16:08:38 by robdylan Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : You will have to wait until he is done pissing on the field! :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.12.08 16:15:14 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 8) : LOL 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.12.08 16:26:26 by robdylan Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : It’s crazy how many Samoans play football (gridiron) for the University of Hawaii. Most of the team looked very comfortable and natural performing their Haka. And, since there is no squad limit in college football in the US, most teams travel with a limited squad, but every member of the squad dresses for home games. So to see something like 80 of these huge guys, made to look even bigger with the pads and protection performing a haka is incredibly intimidating, I’m sure. They all barely fit on the field in their half. 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.12.08 16:31:47 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : When’s Larry sending you back this way?

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.12.08 16:32:32 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • oh and back on topic for this thread, I would be incredibly surprised if they were not to play France in the opener. Just like in 1995 where the only opener for the Boks was against the Oz Mob. Can you imagine if they opened against Canada???

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.12.08 16:35:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 12) : I agree. Only realistic match is against France.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.12.08 16:38:27 by McLovin Reply
  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : University of Hawaii? Sounds like a nice place to ‘study’. 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.12.08 16:39:49 by McLovin Reply
  • According to a report in the Afrikaans daily, Die Burger, Earl Rose got involved during the altercation between his father, Enver, and another spectator.

    “Earl punched the guy seven/eight times. His [the spectator’s] face was a bloodied mess,” the newspaper reported.

    According to the report Rose’s sister also got involved in the fracas.

    The fighting, which was preceded by other incidents, got out of hand, as spectators became involved.

    The organiser of the event, Grahame Bobrow, said he regretted the incident – the first time since the tournament’s inception eight years ago that something like this has happened.

    😯 😯 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.12.08 16:41:10 by McLovin Reply
  • Must be ‘rof’ if you sister gets involved. 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.12.08 16:42:51 by McLovin Reply
  • According to local media reports Earl Rose took exception to remarks made by another spectator to his father, Enver, after the two were involved in a scuffle.

    The incident, at the end of a match between Jamaicans and a team called ‘Dwergies’ (Midgets), was one of at least two major punch-ups that caused organisers to bring a premature halt to proceedings.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.12.08 16:45:34 by McLovin Reply
  • Crowd violence at touch rugby. Good lord. 😯

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.12.08 16:46:25 by McLovin Reply
  • What kind of tree do fingers grow on?

    A palm tree.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.12.08 16:50:00 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : So…..what did they say about Earl’s sister?????? :mrgreen: 😈 :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.12.08 17:00:31 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 11) : Eish boss. Credit crunch 🙂

    @McLovin (Comment 14) : Pal of mine is a Post Doctoral student there. He surfs ALL day.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.12.08 17:20:23 by robdylan Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : where did this “allegedly” happen?

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.12.08 17:21:52 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Strand.

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.12.08 17:22:59 by McLovin Reply
  • Grandpa decided that shopping for Christmas presents had become too difficult. All his grandchildren had everything they needed, so he decided to send them each a cheque (check).

    On each card he wrote:

    ‘Happy Christmas Grandpa’

    P.S. ‘Buy your own present!’

    While Grandpa enjoyed the family festivities, he thought that his grandchildren were just slightly distant. It preyed on his mind into the New Year. Then one day he was sorting out his study and under a pile of magazines, he found a little pile of cheques for his grandchildren. He had completely forgotten to put them in with the Christmas cards.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.12.08 17:23:14 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 23) : what, just outside Charing Cross? Shocking…

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.12.08 17:27:32 by robdylan Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : that’s just sad 🙁

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.12.08 17:28:15 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : 😆 more like just outside Gordons Bay. 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.12.08 17:36:42 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : oh. THAT Strand 🙂

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.12.08 17:56:31 by robdylan Reply
  • I’m not sure how smart it would be to play France first. There is always the possibility that if they lose to France so early on it could totally f*ck w/ their heads to the point where they might just sit at the bottom of their pool and have the most embarassing finish ever.


    Of course

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.12.08 05:32:05 by Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) Reply
  • and sometimes I hit submit way to fast.

    Of course, I wouldn’t mind seeing France and Fred roll right over them from the start and put ’em back in their place so they could all stop their bloody crying over how they were robbed because the ‘pass’ was forward.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.12.08 05:33:33 by Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) Reply
  • @Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) (Comment 29) :

    We can always HOPE that happens. 😛 😳

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.12.08 06:28:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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