Sevens 2010 weather looking superb!

The 7-day rainfall maps at metservice.com are looking pretty good for the 7’s this year:

7pm Fri 5th Feb:

7pm Sat 6th Feb:

Bring it on! 😀

New Zealand takes world title!

It’s true! Forget the yachting, cricket, rubgy and netball, NZ has finally scored a world title… for sending txt msgs! 😛

Elliot Nicholls, 17, broke the world record in Dunedin yesterday, not once but twice, texting a 160-character message blindfolded and finishing in 51 seconds on his second attempt and then 45 seconds on his fourth try.

…more via stuff (also WebCite)

Rugby World Cup Rules for Women

DEAR WOMEN

1. From 7 Sep to 20 October 2007, you should read the sports section of the newspaper so that you are aware of what is going on regarding the World Cup, and that way you will be able to join in the conversations. If you fail to do this, then you will be looked at in a bad way, or you will be totally ignored. DO NOT complain about not receiving any attention.

2. During the World Cup, the television is mine, the VCR and DVD are all mine, at all times, without any exceptions. If you even take a glimpse of the remote control, you will lose it (your eye).

3. If you have to pass by in front of the TV during a game, I don’t mind, as long as you do it crawling on the floor and without distracting me. If you decide to stand nude in front of the TV, make sure you put clothes on right after because if you catch a cold, I won’t have time to take you to the doctor or look after you during the World Cup month.

4. During the games I will be blind, deaf and mute, unless I require a refill of my drink or something to eat. You are out of your mind if you expect me to listen to you, open the door, answer the telephone, or pick up the baby that just fell from the second floor….it won’t happen.

5. It would be a good idea for you to keep at least 2 six packs in the fridge at all times, as well as plenty of things to nibble on, and please do not make any funny faces to my friends when they come over to watch the games. In return, you will be allowed to use the TV between 12pm and 3pm, unless they replay a good game that I missed during the day.

6. Please, please, please!! If you see me upset because one of my teams is losing, DO NOT say ‘get over it, it’s only a game’, or ‘don’t worry, they’ll win next time’. If you say these things, you will only make me angrier and I will love you less. Remember, you will never ever know more about rugby than me and your so called ‘words of encouragement’ will only lead to a break up or divorce.

7. You are welcome to sit with me to watch one game and you can talk to me during halftime but only when the commercials are on, and only if the halftime score is pleasing me. In addition, please note I am saying ‘one’ game, hence do not use the World Cup as a nice cheesy excuse to ‘spend time together’.

8. The replays of the tries are very important. I don’t care if I have seen them or I haven’t seen them, I want to see them again. Many times, and record them.

9. Tell your friends NOT to have any babies, or any other child related parties or gatherings that requires my attendance because:
a) I will not go,
b) I will not go, and
c) I will not go.

10. But, if a friend of mine invites us to his house on a Sunday to watch a game, we will be there in a flash.

11. The daily World Cup highlights show on TV every night is just as important as the games themselves. Do not even think about saying ‘but you have already seen this…why don’t you change the channel to something we can all watch??’, the reply will be: ‘Refer to Rule #2 of this list’.

12. Please save your expressions such as ‘Thank goodness the World Cup is only every 4 years’. I am immune to these words, because after this comes the reruns of the Rugby World Cup, etc etc.

13. And finally, if you are female and your “man” likes rugby less than you, he is not a real man and shall be bound by these rules and additionally be referred to as “the bitch” for the duration of the World Cup.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Regards,

Men of the world.

Rugby World Cup 2007

In case you’ve had your head in the sand, the Rugby World Cup is underway!

Go AB’s! 😀

If you’re after a schedule with local times, head to TVNZ’s website where you’ll find a full fixtures table with NZ times and results, along with links to plenty of news and commentary.

The official site for the tournament is at rugbyworldcup.com and for the All Blacks at allblacks.com.

Finally, the official site for photos of Matthew is at matthew.noble.gen.nz where you’ll find this pic – the lad getting to grips with his replica ball…
(also available in the main gallery)

Aussie cricket team humiliated

The Black Caps fired on all cylinders in the capital today, thumping Australia to their worst loss in history by number of wickets. Vincent and Flemming put on 73 and 70 respectively, taking NZ to 149/0 in the 27th over in response to Australia’s woeful 148 all out in the 50th over. Never before have Australia lost a One Day International by 10 wickets. Kudos to the kiwis for a super start in the best of three Chappell-Hadlee Series!