Rugby World Cup
NICCI MCDOUGALL - © Fairfax NZ NewsDrummond Primary School was awash with colour, rowdy children, flags, banners and face paint yesterday.
Green is the new black in Dunedin.
Business owners have seen another splurge in spending as RWC fever continues.
ALANA DIXON - © Fairfax NZ NewsPart of the RWC display has been dismantled but not everything will go.
Two weeks. Three games. Four teams. And a whole lot of potatoes.
RWC boss says Southland exceeded expectations with spectator numbers.
A coincidental Rugby World Cup release has seen 1000 copies of delightful children's book Zac Mac the All Black flying off the shelves.
If the fans' build up is anything to go by, the Argentinian rugby team can expect an electric atmosphere at Rugby Park today.
A Queenstown bouncer last night claimed acting England captain Mike Tindall was "all over" a young blonde woman.
Former All Blacks World Cup winner Steve McDowall wants to finally clear up the confusion.
Tourists risked their lives to rescue a ouple from a car.
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.
BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ News"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 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 Rugby World Cup stars say they are heading into their pool B game against "battle-hardened" Georgia with their eyes open.
The Argentina rugby team snuck into Invercargill yesterday as the focus for the Pumas switches to banking a win over Romania in Invercargill.
Romanians have swapped rugby balls in an intensive training session for swedes in Southland.
NICCI MCDOUGALL - © Fairfax NZ NewsTwo self-proclaimed "rugby nuts" were gutted after four large flags were stolen from outside their Regent St Dairy on Wednesday night.
ALANA DIXON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThree generations of the Cherry family from Scotland began their five-week jaunt around New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup in the south.
England management last night refused to directly comment on the behaviour of World Cup stars.
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.
Scotland take nine-point RWC prize
Scotland has enjoyed, embraced and revelled in what the Southland province has offered.
Pupils from Middle School, in Invercargill, adopted Romania as their second team to support in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
JERRIE ANDREWS - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhile 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 who have spent time in Southland during the RWC hope to give something back to the province.
The Georgian rugby team has started their morning with a hearty kiwi breakfast at Tisbury School, just outside of Invercargill.
SONIA GERKEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFormer Mataura paper mill engineer Warren Gaudion is like many of those making inquiries about Solid Energy's new briquetting plant, near his town.
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.
The Scotland Rugby World Cup squad had a recovery session after their first game of the tournament.
JILLIAN ALLISON-AITKENWorld Cup fever is spreading across the nation and even the four-legged rugby fans are getting in on the act.
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.
NICCI MCDOUGALL - © Fairfax NZ NewsSouthland 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.
COLLETTE DEVLIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhat do world-class rugby players do with their time off? Drink coffee, of course.
As thousands of rugby fans prepare to head to Rugby Park today, Nicci McDougall checks off what not to take.
GWYNETH HYNDMAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsA 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.
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.
Tests to check backup power at Rugby Park left some people queuing for almost an hour to buy Rugby World Cup tickets yesterday.
I wasn't quite sure if I was up to the task of a one-on-one against a Romanian rugby player.
Players will 'never forget' 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".
NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ NewsScotland are not looking any further than tomorrow's World Cup opener against Romania.
SCOTT EADE - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhen it comes to experienced players, Scottish fullback Chris Paterson would be near the top of the list.
BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsRomanian 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.
BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsRomanian 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 2011 images from around the south.
Scotland's rugby team flew into Invercargill last night.
There is some impressive viewing in store for the ladies during the World Cup.
The Georgian rugby team is determined not to be the "underdogs" at the Rugby World Cup.
Welcoming rugby players from her homeland to Invercargill was a bit emotional for Romanian-born Gina Balan.
When the Scottish rugby team land in Invercargill tonight, they won't be met with a city decked out in World Cup decor.