Rugby World Cup

School puts RWC learning to the test

NICCI MCDOUGALL - The Southland Times

Drummond Primary School was awash with colour, rowdy children, flags, banners and face paint yesterday.

Dunedin goes green for the Irish

Green is the new black in Dunedin.

Fans spend up in Southland

Business owners have seen another splurge in spending as RWC fever continues.

Chain link, timeline, cave set to stay

PACKING UP: Nick Round-Turner helps to dismantle parts of the Taste of Southland created in the SIT Arcade, Invercargill.

ALANA DIXON - The Southland Times

Part of the RWC display has been dismantled but not everything will go.

RWC a big boost for businesses

Two weeks. Three games. Four teams. And a whole lot of potatoes.

Thank you, Southland: Snedden

ROOM FOR GROWTH: Rugby World Cup boss Martin Snedden with a souvenir that will sell for about $100. He still believes the much-vaunted

RWC boss says Southland exceeded expectations with spectator numbers.

Children in scrum for rugby read

A coincidental Rugby World Cup release has seen 1000 copies of delightful children's book Zac Mac the All Black flying off the shelves.

Passionate posse to greet Pumas

If the fans' build up is anything to go by, the Argentinian rugby team can expect an electric atmosphere at Rugby Park today.

Mike Tindall 'all over blonde'

Mike Tindall

A Queenstown bouncer last night claimed acting England captain Mike Tindall was "all over" a young blonde woman.

Former All Black McDowall puts name record straight

Former All Blacks World Cup winner Steve McDowall wants to finally clear up the confusion.

Tourists save couple in gorge plunge

Tourists risked their lives to rescue a ouple from a car.

Argentinian fans reaching frenzy

Passion and vigour already being felt

Hundreds of Argentinian fans are expected to descend on Rugby Park for the game today against Romania, with their passion and vigour already being felt around Invercargill.

Romania looking to topple Argentina

BRENDON EGAN - The Southland Times

"Believe" has been the buzz word in the Romanian camp this week as the Oaks look to prove last weekend's gallant effort against Scotland was no fluke.

Romanian prop eyes Super spot

IN DEMAND: Romanian prop Mihaita Lazar has become hot property after a superb opening performance against Scotland.

Romanian loosehead prop Mihaita Lazar is set to become one of the most sought-after frontrowers, following an emphatic start to the Rugby World Cup.

England not taking chances with Georgia

England Rugby World Cup stars say they are heading into their pool B game against "battle-hardened" Georgia with their eyes open.

Pumas keep low profile ahead of match

ON A MISSION: Argentina forwards Marcos Ayerza, left, and Tomas Vallejos arrived in Invercargill.

The Argentina rugby team snuck into Invercargill yesterday as the focus for the Pumas switches to banking a win over Romania in Invercargill.

Tough swede training

Romanians have swapped rugby balls in an intensive training session for swedes in Southland.

Thieves make off with flags

NICCI MCDOUGALL - The Southland Times

Two self-proclaimed "rugby nuts" were gutted after four large flags were stolen from outside their Regent St Dairy on Wednesday night.

3 Cherrys for Scotland: Grant, Alan, John

BOYS ONLY: Grant Cherry, 20, is joined in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup by his father Alan Cherry, 48, and grandfather John Cherry, 71   visiting from Lochgilphead in Argyll County, Scotland.

ALANA DIXON - The Southland Times

Three generations of the Cherry family from Scotland began their five-week jaunt around New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup in the south.

England silent on Tindall groping story

Mike Tindall

England management last night refused to directly comment on the behaviour of World Cup stars.

Cup-winning All Blacks prop with Romania

THRILLED: Romania assistant coach Steve McDowall with old team-mate Olo Brown's son Max, 10.

Queenstown Primary School pupil Max Brown was thrilled yesterday when he met the former All Black who played alongside his dad and is now the Romanian assistant coach at a Rugby World Cup training session.

Southland a big hit with Scottish team

Scotland take nine-point RWC prize

Scotland has enjoyed, embraced and revelled in what the Southland province has offered.

Romania's secret weapons

Pupils from Middle School, in Invercargill, adopted Romania as their second team to support in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

A chosen few get up close and personal

JERRIE ANDREWS - The Southland Times

While thousands of Southlanders are preparing to head to Rugby World Cup matches, a Drummond Primary School pupil is set to get much closer to the action than most.

Scottish fans say thank you

Scottish fans who have spent time in Southland during the RWC hope to give something back to the province.

Georgian players visit Invercargill school

Georgian rugby team

The Georgian rugby team has started their morning with a hearty kiwi breakfast at Tisbury School, just outside of Invercargill.

Community attends plant information day

SONIA GERKEN - The Southland Times

Former Mataura paper mill engineer Warren Gaudion is like many of those making inquiries about Solid Energy's new briquetting plant, near his town.

Mighty midgets score box seats

TICKETED: Shiloh Tupua receives his tickets from Rugby World Cup match commissioner Bruce Cook at Rugby Park, in Invercargill.

Concerned that the Southland under-48kg rugby team's title-winning efforts at their South Island tournament would be overshadowed by the Rugby World Cup, Invercargill's Lynne Tupua went right to the top.

Scotland's recovery session

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The Scotland Rugby World Cup squad had a recovery session after their first game of the tournament.

Touch, paws, engage ...

JILLIAN ALLISON-AITKEN

World Cup fever is spreading across the nation and even the four-legged rugby fans are getting in on the act.

Haggis may help Scots 'to semifinals'

Haggis was dish of the day yesterday at the Scottish Hall in Invercargill, as the Scottish Society held a traditional haggis ceremony for the Scotland Rugby World Cup team management.

A kilt, some paint and a mighty yell

Nick De Luca, Southland Spirit of a Nation manager Gerry Forde, and Scotland centre Graeme Morrison.

NICCI MCDOUGALL - The Southland Times

Southland Spirit of a Nation manager Gerry Forde is taking Scottish pride to a whole new level, and will lead a parade today decked out in a kilt and paint.

Scots get caffeine fix but no oysters

COLLETTE DEVLIN - The Southland Times

What do world-class rugby players do with their time off? Drink coffee, of course.

Leave your car parts, dog, at home please

As thousands of rugby fans prepare to head to Rugby Park today, Nicci McDougall checks off what not to take.

Hospitals gear up for RWC

GWYNETH HYNDMAN - The Southland Times

A bus crash on the Devil's Staircase and a vehicle collision on the Five Rivers bridge involving a leak of hazardous substances have tested emergency departments at Southland and Lakes District Hospitals, although the outcome of the simulated scenarios is bright: Southland is ready for just about anything.

British journalists sample hospitality

Those who write for hallowed newspaper The Times are not usually drawn to Invercargill, but Scotsman Lewis Stuart is enjoying his sojourn in the deep south.

Power cut angers ticket buyers

Tests to check backup power at Rugby Park left some people queuing for almost an hour to buy Rugby World Cup tickets yesterday.

Romania play fair in off-the-field warmup

FAIR PLAY: Reporter Collette Devlin plays Xbox with Romanian fullback Iulian Dumitras.

I wasn't quite sure if I was up to the task of a one-on-one against a Romanian rugby player.

Scots thrilled by marae welcome

Players will 'never forget' ceremony

UNFORGETTABLE: Scotland rugby captain Alastair Kellock leads his team up to the Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff for the team's civic welcome and official capping ceremony.

Scotland were officially welcomed to the Rugby World Cup yesterday with a powhiri that Scotland captain Alastair Kellock said the players would "never forget".

Scotland ready for opener

NATHAN BURDON - The Southland Times

Scotland are not looking any further than tomorrow's World Cup opener against Romania.

Paterson primed for fourth World Cup

SCOTT EADE - The Southland Times

When it comes to experienced players, Scottish fullback Chris Paterson would be near the top of the list.

Europe key to game's progress in Romania

Steve McDowall

BRENDON EGAN - The Southland Times

Romanian assistant coach Steve McDowall believes his adopted nation has the potential to improve on the world stage in the coming years if they can get more players into the top European leagues.

We will be better, Romania coach vows

Silviu Florea

BRENDON EGAN - The Southland Times

Romanian head coach Romeo Gontineac is promising his side will be a much more competitive outfit than the one thrashed 42-0 by Scotland at the last Rugby World Cup in 2007.

Rugby World Cup images

Rugby World Cup 2011 images from around the south.

Scots stunned by rousing welcome

The Scottish team arrived at Invercargill Airport last night to the cheers of several hundred fans.

Scotland's rugby team flew into Invercargill last night.

Blindsided by Georgian team

Reporter Sarah Lamont gets up close and personal with a few members of the Georgian rugby team.

There is some impressive viewing in store for the ladies during the World Cup.

Georgians are determined not 'to be underdogs'

The Georgian rugby team is determined not to be the "underdogs" at the Rugby World Cup.

Warm welcome for Romanians

Welcoming rugby players from her homeland to Invercargill was a bit emotional for Romanian-born Gina Balan.

Foreign media notes lack of World Cup colour

When the Scottish rugby team land in Invercargill tonight, they won't be met with a city decked out in World Cup decor.

Romanian team arrives

Vocal crowd greet World Cup squad

The Southland Times

Invercargill has welcomed the Romanian rugby team to the city, ahead of its Rugby World Cup matches. | Georgia pack down for Queenstown stay
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