Wk2: My Favourite Highlights of the Rugby World Cup 2015

Well well well…this was the week I was waiting for.

After all, I had tickets to the New Zealand v Namibia match at The Olympic Stadium and I wasn’t going to miss it. This is one occasion I was close to tears for sports sake. My childminder cancelled on me at the last minute and I had two tickets so that I could enjoy the experience with hubby dearest. It wasn’t to be the case.

As I am the rugby fanatic in our house (kids following suit), there was no way I was losing out on watching at least one rugby match with the World Cup literally at our doorstep.

So, I called a very close friend and we went to the game together. It was an experience I will never forget. For me, it was a bitter sweet match, because if Kenya beat Zimbabwe at the qualifiers, then I would have been there supporting two teams – defending champions All Blacks and my home team Kenya, but it wasn’t to be.

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View as I approached the stadium.

Last time I was at the Olympic Stadium I was actually on the field of play 3 years ago opening and closing the olympic games. So it was nice to be back. It certainly looked different. To be honest, I can now see why West Ham want to move here.

View from where I was seating.
View from where I was seating.

This was my first ever international rugby match and I didn’t know what to expect. The atmosphere was certain one I have never experienced and I can say that I have ticked this off my bucket list – watch New Zealand play live. Well the rest is history. New Zealand definitely won and I can now enjoy the rest of the world cup at the comfort of my sofa, but if I was to get a ticket to the final, I wouldn’t refuse.

Ohh…I had to sneak one or two pics with the Kenyan flag.

That random Kenyan rugby fan at the RWC 2015.
That random Kenyan rugby fan at the RWC 2015.

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Anyway, this week saw 11 matches being played and here are the results.

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I have to admit, I hardly watched all the matches this week as I was busy doing stuff, but I managed to catch a few either on the first or second half and of course going to watch the All Blacks live. The one that was interesting and still being talked about, is the England v Wales match. I think Wales has got to be the unluckiest and luckiest team this week. They have had the most injuries and yet, they still managed to come up tops and ruin England’s day with this awesome kick by MotM Dan Biggar:

And, there was a player from Romania proposed to his girlfriend at Wembley Stadium after their match against Ireland :

So my teams for this week are Wales and Ireland,  with New Zealand still up there as tournament favourites. Again, let’s see if this will change next week.

Videos: World Rugby’s Youtube Channel

Images: Own pictures and screen grabs via the RWC2015 Mobile App

Portrait: Sir Gordon Tietjens

Sir Gordon Tietjens KNMZ

IRB Hall of Fame inductee after the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens Series and knighthood at the end of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens Series, has seen Sir Gordon continue to become one of the most successful rugby sevens coach the tournament has ever had.

Sir Gordon Tietjens will continue to lead the New Zealand sevens national team as they prepare for the IRB World Cup Sevens to be held in Moscow, Russia on 28 – 30 June 2013.

Rugby: Marriott London 7s Launch

Event: HSBC World Series – London 7s Launch
Venue: Barn Elms in Barnes, London.
Date: 08th May 2013

Captains take part in a HSBC Sevens Series official Marriott London 7s launch photo-call at Barn Elms in Barnes, before the tournament starts on 11th and 12th May 2013. The series is a globally recognised event featuring 12 international teams in the London leg of the series.

Rugby: Launch of 2013 Marriott London 7s and captains photocall

Rugby: Launch of 2013 Marriott London 7s and captains photocall

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