Yes, it really was the World Cup

Last updated 12:00 16/01/2012

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The exhibition featuring the Webb Ellis Cup ended at the Rugby Museum last Thursday after being viewed by hundreds of international, national and Manawatu visitors.

OPINION: It went on display just before Christmas. Museum director Stephen Berg said the most asked question was whether the cup was the "real one" or a replica, given we knew there were two of them.

"My answer was that it was the cup hoisted by All Black captain Richie McCaw and is therefore the real one," he said. "It was made in 1906, with the 1986 version sitting in a vault in Dublin as a spare."

Hordes of Manawatu bowlers who left on their annual migration to the Taranaki men's fours yesterday warned that coloured under-garments were forbidden.

Word had reached the Taranaki organisers at Paritutu that a Palmerston North bowler had been chided recently for wearing visibly coloured undies. It has long been a convention in bowls that only white goes with white.

So a warning phone call was made to Manawatu, which had a few bowlers fossicking through knicker drawers to ensure they conformed.

Our Central Districts cricketers have the most illustrious team in the country on paper, but when it comes to playing Twenty20 on grass, they are going down the tubes.

There was yet another loss on Saturday, at "home" at Napier to Northern Districts, where yorkers from Trent Boult and Tim Southee did the trick. CD, often boasting nine men who have played for New Zealand, will not be gracing Palmerston North this year and at this rate we might be thankful because you can bet if they lost at Fitzherbert, we all know who they'd blame.

A quick fix was found to flatten the speedway track after it was rutted by sidecars on Saturday night following afternoon rain. Out came Higgins driver Robbie Anderson, who proceeded to grade the entire track. To smooth it further, Bryan Menefy and Ian Easton materialised with their sprintcars, and the job was done in 20 minutes.

The Shannon RFC is holding a Try-athlon and family fun day on Saturday, January 28. But it will be no ordinary triathlon.

It is a forerunner to their 25th annual Shannon Sevens tournament on February 18. The Try will include teams of three bagging a sack of spuds, shearing a sheep, eating a cold pie and drinking a pint of beer, all in front of the Tui girls. There's also women's gumboot throwing.

Call Dean File on (06) 362 7835.

Palmerston North's Robert Murphy has been named as one of New Zealand's favourite volunteer umpires in a search for the unsung heroes of club cricket.

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Murphy has umpired at club level for 13 years. New Zealand's Favourite Kiwi Cricket Umpire competition ran in November and December to find six regional finalists.

It's worth winning. He gets training with a high-profile New Zealand umpire, $1000 and a family pass to an international match.

- Manawatu Standard


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