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> Rugby, Anything related to the gentlemans game?
Scots Kiwi Lass
post 29th Dec 2011, 11:56am
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Hi Tombro

Pleased to hear you stood firm about playing football at school. It seems to be very popular in NZ up to a certain stage, when most young guys give it up. Maybe there is not enough incentive to carry on. I must admit I can't be bothered watching football on TV now. I have Sky TV and they show a lot of English league matches but no Scottish ones, not even the Cup Final.

Our nerves are all a bit shattered after last Fridays big quakes but what can you do but carry on with life? My heart goes out to the people in the beach suburbs who have been inundated with liquefaction again, some for the 3rd or 4th time. I think there will be a few thousand more leaving for Australia after this lot. We are still having shakes, the last one at 10.50 pm tonight (4.3). We had all been quietly confident for the last 5 months that we were getting through it but this has set us back again. Sleep doesn't come easy, except at around 8.00 am when it is time to get up!

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post 2nd Jan 2012, 12:12am
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Well done Glasgow Warriors.
They beat Edinburgh 18-12 to win the pro 1872 cup on aggregate.
The first game on Boxing day ended in a thriller at 23-23 all.
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post 2nd Jan 2012, 11:22am
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Good news about the Warriors winning the pro Cup on aggregate. We don't get much information here about Scottish rugby. Where was the game played? Is there much support in Glasgow for rugby?

When I was in Glasgow in July 2010, I had a walk around Maryhill, where I grew up. After looking around all the familiar streets, I stopped at Firhill to ask if there was anyone to talk to about the Glasgow Warriors, being interested in anything to do with rugby. Unfortunately, there was nobody available, it being the off-season of course. I will have to do a bit of research on the Internet!

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post 2nd Jan 2012, 01:26pm
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QUOTE (Scots Kiwi Lass @ 2nd Jan 2012, 10:38am) *
Good news about the Warriors winning the pro Cup on aggregate. We don't get much information here about Scottish rugby. Where was the game played? Is there much support in Glasgow for rugby?

When I was in Glasgow in July 2010, I had a walk around Maryhill, where I grew up. After looking around all the familiar streets, I stopped at Firhill to ask if there was anyone to talk to about the Glasgow Warriors, being interested in anything to do with rugby. Unfortunately, there was nobody available, it being the off-season of course. I will have to do a bit of research on the Internet!

Cheers,

They are now based at Scotstoun Show ground where they will play their home matches next season.
They will certainly miss the atmosphere of Firhill where they got just under 9,000 for last nights game against Edinburgh, Scotstoun being suitable for athletics, but for football or rugby, like Meadowbank before totally lacking in atmosphere.
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post 28th Mar 2012, 09:27pm
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What on earth happened to the Scottish tem in the Six Nations this year? I saw them playing Argentina in Wellington last September and thought they were looking good, despite going down in that particular game.

On another tack, Christchurch has just had its new rugby stadium completed and the first game (Super 15) played there last Saturday. It is a much smaller stadium than our usual one, which was made virtually unrepairable in last year's earthquake. I wasn't at the opening game but from all accounts it is a tremendous venue, one to be proud of. A lot of money was involved in ugrading the stadium, which was already in use for rugby league, but it has been a heartwarming move for the people of Christchurch, who are watching the city buildings being levelled day by day. This new stadium is a ten-minute walk from where I live and I am looking forward to seeing it soon.


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post 29th Mar 2012, 07:02am
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Scots Kiwi Lass, good news about your stadium, Christchurch has been missed in the game. South Africa is also a great rugby nation although the team has not been great of late. Our local team, The Sharks is also having a shocker of a season. We used to go to all the home games as it was always party time after the games. Too old now and as we both enjoy a toot watching the rugby, safer to stay home and watch it on TV. One of the highlights for me was sitting there watching Scotland play South Africal. I was waving both flags, wearing an SA shirt and a tartan scarf and cap. It was brilliant, unfortunately Scotland lost!
As for Scotland, I don't understand either the Footbal Team or Rugby Team and their lack of progress. I am fed up with them being described as "the wee Terriers" wee terriers bring home the bones! Our son played bothe football and rugby, but football is his first love. Up until this year he has been training the youngsters
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post 9th Apr 2012, 12:06pm
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Hi Beth,

I too watch most rugby matches in the comfort of home. Christchurch winters are very hard and I am more than a bit soft now. Used to follow Glasgow Rangers from the age of 14 up to 21 when I left Glasgow to emigrate to NZ. In those days, we missed very few games, only the ones in Aberdeen which was a bit far to travel!

The Crusaders left their run too late at the weekend against the Bulls but came close to pulling it off. Sorry the Sharks lost again but there is still plenty of time left in the season.

Your comment about wearing a SA shirt and a tartan scarf and cap made me smile. When my sister and I went to the Wellington World Cup to support Scotland against Argentina, I was wearing a Scottish shirt but a scarf that had Scotland on one side and New Zealand on the other! I just love it. I bought it at Murrayfield in 2007 when I saw the All Blacks/Scotland game. If I can work out how to download my photos I will post some on GG.

My son played football from age 6 to 10 but gave in to peer pressure and took up rugby for a while. That also had to go when he got a speedway bike at 12 years old and took up racing. He retired from that at 22. Wise move!

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post 10th Apr 2012, 10:58am
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SKLass,

Proud that you've come out as a Rangers fan, given their present predicament.

I'm actually a Celtic fan, though thoroughly disappointed with their present gloating over Rangers' predicament and the fact that they are so keen to claim a title despite Rangers' misfortunes.

Great to see that you're back in Christchurch and that Christchurch is getting back on track, too !

Fond thoughts,

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post 10th Apr 2012, 08:47pm
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Hi Tombro

Me - still a Rangers fan? No, all that ended aout 40 years ago. In the 60's there was a group of Expats in ChCh, mostly English but some Scots. They got together regularly, hired a hall and showed films of recent games from the English and Scottish Leagues. So, I kept up the interest for a while but it didn't last more than 5 or 6 years. There was no football on TV here then either, except the Cup final from England and sometimes Scotland. Now we get nothing of Scottish football, ecept maybe when there is any trouble on or off the field in Glasgow!

Once I got interested in rugby, sorry to say football took a back seat. To me, its not the same game as I used to love way back in the 60s and I really find it a bit boring! I follow the progress of the NZ All Whites of course, also the Wellington Phoenix, but that's about it really.

It was a shock to hear about the present situation at Ibrox - Celtic and Rangers were the big players in my time and it's hard to imagine either of them getting into such a mess.

Rugby is my life now and I love it. The old rugby league stadium in Addington has turned out great, after all the money spent to upgrade it for Canterbury rugby games. Can't for the life of me see why we have to rebuild or repair the big stadium wasted in the earthquake. It's sad to see it like it is but to me it's just plain crazy to spend mega millions when the one in Addington is adequate.

We are all trying to get back to some normality in ChCh and if you don't get too close to town or the eastern suburbs you can forget for a while about the vast damage done in the earthquakes. We still get around 5 or 6 shakes a day, some up to 4.5, but can live with that meantime.

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post 10th Apr 2012, 09:48pm
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Hiya this is not the fotie I was looking for, but it was after the greatest game I have watched in Durban
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post 5th Jun 2012, 11:33am
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Just watched the Rugby match between Scotland and Australia.

In conditions more suited to Scotland in my home town of Newcastle (NSW, Oz) the valiant Scots repelled the sub-standard team that the Aussies put out in opposition. Of course the Aussies will forever use that as an excuse for defeat, but you can only play against the team that the opposition puts out against you.

Sadly the arrogant Aussies thought the Scots would be a soft touch but they were proved wrong !

The Flower Of Scotland has been proudly played by Tombro tonight !

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post 6th Jun 2012, 12:58am
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I saw the beginning and end of the game, Tombro and particularly enjoyed the penalty kick that won the game.

The conditions were pretty rough - I suppose the Aussies will say that favoured the Scots, of course. What happened to the Kiwis favourite player, Quade Cooper - was he injured or being rested?

I hope the weather in Newcastle has not got any worse. It has been snowing heavily here since 7.00 and the place has come to a standstill. No schools, buses, etc. but the worst is I have to get rugged up to go outside and clear the snow from my satellite dish so I can get reception!!


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post 6th Jun 2012, 05:58am
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Hi Tombro

We are all trying to get back to some normality in ChCh and if you don't get too close to town or the eastern suburbs you can forget for a while about the vast damage done in the earthquakes. We still get around 5 or 6 shakes a day, some up to 4.5, but can live with that meantime.

Cheers,

Nothing to do with Rugby but your mention of aftershocks reminded me of when the Gold mines where still being worked underneath Joburg, every day we would get severe underground rockfalls caused by the mining that would set the buildings above ground shaking.
My brother had just arrived for a holiday and went to the toilet when a severe rockfall tremor set the house shaking, next thing we new the bathroom door flew open and he came running out with his trousers at his ankles demanding to know what the f###n hell is goin on. laugh.gif
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post 6th Jun 2012, 09:41am
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SK Lass,

The weather was a wee bit kinder today, we actually saw the sun for a few minutes. However, as it was the day the planet Venus traversed across the sun; that was one of the reasons our common explorer came to the Southern Hemisphere in the first place: it was a disappointment that we didn't see much of that particularly historic event. I believe it only happens every 105 years !

As I said in my original post though, the Aussies thought they could beat the Scots with their second XV but that didn't happen. Once again, the Aussie assumption of superiority over the rest of the world has let them down !

For the second time in two games, the underdog has proved superior and it was Scotland's first win in Australia since 1982 !

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post 6th Jun 2012, 10:13am
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Hi Tombro,

I can't imagine why Robbie Deans picked a second-string team - he is a very astute coach and most of my fellow Cantabrians were hoping, like me, that Robbie would be appointed All Blacks coach following the 2007 World Cup. To say we were disappointed that Graham Henry got the job was an understatement. Still, Henry did have a very successful 4-year campaign, culminating in the World Cup win.

The All Blacks are playing Ireland this coming weekend at Auckland. There have been some controversial selections but it is a strong looking team, combining experienced players and some talented youngsters. It should be a good game but the weather forecast is not the best. It would have been good if the Scottish team was playing the ABs for one game at least but we will enjoy playing the Irish.

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