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I Love the Rugby World Cup

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I’ve never been much of a sport fan, despite living in a country that is mad for sport, and especially mad for rugby. And we’re in the middle of the Rugby World Cup – being hosted right here in New Zealand. So I’ve been a bit hesitant to go into the city – the evening news is full of crowds and glitches and international teeming hordes of the  rugby mad…Better to stay in the safety of the Titirangi bush…

But I hadn’t caught up with the eldest  in a while, so I ventured into town, camera in hand… No problem getting a table in our usual pub, right on Queen Street. The bartender filled our drinks request right away. We chatted, competing with the various televisions revving up for the game – Wales vs Namibia in New Plymouth (hardly a fair contest – the Welsh slaughtered the hapless Namibians 81-7.) Then we wandered downtown to take in the Fanzone… presumably things were jumping a bit more in New Plymouth, but it seemed rather ordinary here in Auckland.

Big excitement! A student protest marching down Queen Street protesting hikes in student fees – we joined the march for a few blocks, just to get the blood pumping. But when they turned to go up a hill, we continued on. Checked out the fanzone – cool, but most of it was closed for the night. No problem getting a good table in a restaurant, prompt service, good food, no price gouging.

It was a pretty great night out. I think I love the Rugby World Cup!

Written by Titirangi Storyteller

26/09/2011 at 11:09 pm

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