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

Grand Opening of Westfield Stratford City

September 13th, 2011 saw the opening of Europe’s largest urban shopping centre in the heart of East London – Westfield Stratford City. This retail project will be part and parcel of the Olympic Park when the games come to London in 2012. The 1.9 million square feet of retail and leisure development paves way for one of the poorest boroughs in London to be regenerated and become one of the places to be in London.

The center was official opened by Mayor of London, Mr Boris Johnson and the Westfield Group Chairman, Mr Frank Lowy AC.

Nicole Scherzinger was also the star attraction to entertain the opening day guests. Other events had celebrities like Kelly Brook, Colin Jackson, Professor Green, etc. all over the shopping center at various outlets either officially opening them or performing to a handful of luck guests in the outlet.

For more information about Westfield Stratford City, please visit the website http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity/

Here are a few shots I captured on the day……

Colin Jackson Opening Lloyds Bank

110 metre hurdles Olympic Medallist and World Champion Colin Jackson CBE and Group Director of Lloyds TSB & Bank of Scotland Community Bank, Alison Brittain officially opening Lloyds Bank (sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics)

London 2012 Billboard

Oscar Pistorious on an ad for the London 2012 Paralympics

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Russell & Bromley Store Front

Cloakroom Co.

Cloakroom Co. Shopping Delivery

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Westfield Stratford City Architecture

Apple Store (Genius Bar)

Apple Store Genius Bar

Hollister Eye Candy

Hollister Store (Eye Candy)

Aerial Performers

Aerial Performers

Professor Green

Professor Green performing in All Star Lanes

Tasty Tarts

For those with a sweet tooth…

M&S

M&S Reflection

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium in Background

You can find more pictures here


The official commercial for Westfield Stratford City.