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Rugby World Cup 2011 ~ the quarter finals. . .

m8ed
Oct 6, 2011, 12:39 PM 4

  

   A word first on New Zealand and the title song here. As Englishmen we have an affinity for New Zealand, and they (the Kiwis) have an affinity for England too. It is an affinity, and a strong bond, that stretches back through history and still exists today even though New Zealand became an independent Sovereign Nation back in 1987. We still today share the same sovereign monarch our Queen, Queen Elizabeth II.

   Today that bond remains ever strong and is a reason why our independent broadcasting network (ITV) has taken pride in using the Maori version of World In Union for the opening introduction to every Rugby  World Cup 2011 game on television here in the UK, 

   Yes, for those of you that did not recognise it, the lyrics here are Maori, the indigenous language of the New Zealand of old. At the end of this blog I include the complete song from New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra sung just as it is here! It’s a great sound, and equally as entertaining and rousing as the hacka that we will see on Sunday morning from the All Blacks!

   With the end of the Rugby World Cup 2011  Pool Stages we move to the Quarter-finals and losing means sudden death and the stark reality of boarding-passes being issued the following morning for the losing teams’ flight home!

   Just two games now stand between these teams and the Rugby World Cup Final on Sunday 23 October, Each team knows that to get there they each have to win their Quarter-final game and their Semi-final! The four teams remaining after the quarter-finals that to go through to the Semi-finals will be decided this coming week-end with two games being played on Saturday 8 October (England/France and Ireland/Wales) and on Sunday 9 October (South Africa/Australia and New Zealand/Argentina).

   England as winner of group B get the easier game of the runner-up from Group A that being France, historically our natural enemy; as always this will be a tough encounter played hard by both teams. The runner up in Group B, Argentina, the other team in this tournament who, for good reason, I supported, and continue to do so, get the more difficult game of the winner of group A ~ the All Blacks, New Zealand, playing on their own turf!

   For some reason, the All Blacks never seem to do terrifically well when they play at home in New Zealand, but that said, Argentina will have to raise their game considerably from last week’s performance against Georgia which they made very hard work of; they need to find their form from their previous games with England and Scotland and improve on that if they are to be victorious.

   England’s game is the easier option for sure and given France’s lacklustre performance so far, it should bode well for England. If, however France find their form, it will be tough and on the day, and it could go either way.

   If England win they will meet the winner of the Ireland/Wales quarter-final, and if I had to forecast which of the two teams that would be I would have to say that I would expect Ireland to beat Wales; we will see!

      Argentina, of course, if they pull it from the bag and beat New Zealand will go on to the other semi-final to play the winner of the South the Africa/Australia quarter-final. Again, if I had to pick the winner of that game I would have to say I think Australia will be the victor!

   And whilst I will continue to root (haha that’s not a good word in the antipidean outback of NZ) for Argentina, the prospect of an England V Australia final and a repeat of the Rugby World Cup Final of 2003 is more than any Englishman could dare wish for ~ and Australia’s worst nightmare J 

   Kk, so it’s:

England v France in Auckland ~ Sat 8 Oct @ 08.30amBST  

New Zealand v Argentina in Auckland ~ Sun 9 Oct @ 08.30amBST

for a place in the semi’s.

   Here's the full version from Hayley Westenra of ITV's clip. . . 

He Ao i Tūhonoa ~ World In Union

 

~ Maori ~

 

He wawata ka rongohia.

He onge, pono rā.

Ko te ao i tūhonoa.

Kotahitanga.

Huihui mai tātou.

Kotahi te ngākau.

Ngā iwi nō ngā tōpito.

Tūhono motu-kore.

 

E kimi nei i ngā hua.

Ka kitea taku toa.

Pai tū, pai hinga.

Kua tū rā, anā kua toa.

Ko te ao i tūhonoa.

Kotahitanga.

Ka eke ki te karamata.

He ao hou ka rewa.

 

Tū ana maunga teitei.

Moana ngarungaru.

Me tū tangata i te ao.

Me tū rangatira.

Kia tū toa, kia tū māia.

Hei whāinga mō te Katoa.

Pai tū, pai hinga.

Kua tū rā, anā kua toa.

Ko te ao i tūhonoa.

Kotahitanga.

Ka eke ki te karamata.

He ao hou ka rewa.

 

Ko te ao i tūhonoa.

Kotahitanga.

Ka eke ki te karamata.

He ao hou ka rewa.

Ko te ao

He ao i honoa,

 

He ao hou ka rewa

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   And for good measure her cover of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. . .

~ m8ed 

 

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~ m8ed

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