Rugby World Cup 2011

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Roll on the 2015 Rugby World Cup…

Not that I’m wishing my time away but I’ve calculated that it’s around  1450 days until the next Rugby World Cup, back here in the Northern Hemisphere, in 2015. I think the fact that a lot of us are talking about that already is a mark of how great the tournament just gone has been. … Continue reading

Guest blog: It may just be third place on offer, but Wales still have a lot to play for

by Tzevai Chong It’s been a sober and solemn few days since the disappointment of Wales’ agonising semi-final defeat to France. I’ll have to admit the red mist of anger lingered for most of the weekend but the result won’t change. And we’ve still got one more game to go –  the third place play-off. Many people … Continue reading

Guest blog: Harsh lesson for ‘Men in Red’

By Paul French A lone young supporter draped in a Welsh flag in an emptying Millennium Stadium is the abiding image of Wales’s agonising World Cup exit. It was a night of what if’s for Warren Gatland’s team. What if Sam Warburton had only seen yellow, what if James Hook hadn’t lost his footing when … Continue reading

Wales deserve a warm welcome when they return home

You can follow Frances on Twitter – @FranDonovanTV Mike, Mark, Gareth and I are still smarting from that result on Saturday, like most of the rest of you, I suspect. I think what rankles the most is that the best team on the pitch didn’t ultimately run out winners. Wales played the better rugby and … Continue reading

Before the Wales/France match, a final word…

Frances Donovan presents the coverage of the match on ITV1 Wales from 8.30am on Saturday morning. Also, you can follow her on Twitter – @FranDonovanTV So, here we are, just a match away from a World Cup Final. Part of me wants to say I can’t quite believe it and it feels a bit like … Continue reading

Guest blog: Hopes and predictions ahead of Wales v France

By Tzevai Chong In 1987 four teams made the semi-finals of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The home nation faced (and beat) Wales, while France overcame Australia to make it through to the final. The All Blacks went on to win the tournament while Wales beat Australia to finish third. Roll forward 24 years … Continue reading

Guest blog: Wales prepare for the unknown

By Paul French Let me put Wales’ semi-final date with destiny against France into context. The last and only time the men in red made into the final four of the Rugby World Cup, only around 22,000 spectators were present to see them beaten by the All Blacks. Over the next 24 years, while the … Continue reading

Guest blog – Putting old rivalries to one side

Here in New Zealand, it seems as though there’s only one subject on the mind of the nation.  That topic, unsurprisingly, is rugby. Now, we’re down to the business end of the World Cup tournament. The country is full of people more than willing to share their thoughts with complete strangers as to who they … Continue reading

Two games down – five points gained – what next for Wales in Rugby World Cup

With two Pool matches down and two to go in the Rugby World Cup, our sports correspondent Richard Morgan looks at how Wales have performed so far, and what may lie ahead… One win and one defeat, five match points, one foot in the quarter-finals. Numbers that would have pleased most Wales supporters before rugby’s … Continue reading

Guest blog: In the end, rugby was the winner on the night

By Analiese Jackson If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the course of the Rugby World Cup, it’s that New Zealanders have the endearing habit of supporting whoever is considered the under-dog going into a match…so long as we’re positive they’re absolutely no threat to our national team. Sitting in a bar in Courtney … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Passion and pride for a nation in mourning

By Owen Hathway  Sport often has the ability to transcend its own boundaries.  Historically this has been for political statements such as the boycotted Olympics of Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 or the Black Power salute of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico ‘68. More examples have been the individual courage of an athlete such as … Continue reading

ITV Wales attracts 72% of audience for Wales v South Africa match

ITV Wales’ coverage of the Wales v South Africa Rugby World Cup match on Sunday attracted a peak audience share of 72% (535,000 viewers) with an average audience share of 58% (405,000 viewers). “These impressive figures reflect the huge level of support for the national team in the Rugby World Cup,” said ITV Wales executive … Continue reading

Guest blog: And they’re off! Opening ceremonies and the first games

By Analiese Jackson On Thursday night, the day before the opening ceremony, I arrived in Auckland to find the entire city abuzz with excitement. Driving through the suburbs, it’s obvious to see that people are really embracing being the main host city of the RWC: houses are decorated with their respective teams’ colours (sometimes with … Continue reading


In less than 24 hours time, rugby clubs across Wales will be opening their doors with the smell of bacon and beer, as fans prepare to watch Warren Gatland’s men take on the mighty Springboks. But while tomorrow’s focus will be on South Africa, this year’s Rugby World Cup tournament is, of course, being played … Continue reading

Guest blog: What world cup? I’m just here for the eye candy

By Kayt Robinson This time four years ago, I was packing my bags and moving halfway around the world, from little green New Zealand to equally little and green Wales to spend a year at Cardiff University. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In fact, if I’m completely honest, I had … Continue reading

Hannah’s Haka

It’s been described as the biggest spectacle in rugby, and over the next few weeks, it’ll be performed right across the world. It’s scary, it’s sensational, it’s sexy…it’s THE HAKA! And during the Rugby World Cup 2011, I’ll be asking for YOUR versions of this famous New Zealand ritual. I begin my tour of Welsh … Continue reading

Guest blog: New Zealand gears up for Rugby World Cup

By Analiese Jackson Exactly 20 days after I was born, New Zealand’s Rugby Union team won the first ever Rugby World Cup. Which is not to say that these two events are in any way related, but I like to think that it was that one extra supporter who gave the All Blacks the motivation … Continue reading

ITV Wales unveils Rugby World Cup set

With only a few days to go before Wales begin their Rugby World Cup 2011 campaign against South Africa, ITV Wales has unveiled its studio set for the competition. Two giant panels installed in Studio 2 at ITV Wales’ HQ in Cardiff reflect ITV’s opening sequence for the 2011 tournament – inspired by the inks … Continue reading

Rugby-winning lessons from Wales’ magnificent seven

By Owen Hathway People sometimes forget that Wales will be playing in New Zealand as world champions, albeit in another format of the game. In 2009 the Welsh Sevens squad shocked the rugby world when they overshadowed the titans of the sevens game to become champions. What lessons can the senior squad take from that victory … Continue reading

Rugby World Cup 2011: Analysing Wales’ performance through social media

By Giuseppe Sollazzo  Wales v Canada at the 2007 Rugby World Cup was one of the first Wales games I watched – and I’ll never forget what a thrilling experience it was. I can safely say I became a big Welsh fan after finding myself strongly and emotionally supporting them during that game. Canada opened the … Continue reading

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