These fans will be barking with delight

21:28, Sep 16 2011
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SECOND TO BLACK, OF COURSE: Limehills School pupils Lachlan Thomson, 9, left, Nick Munro, 8, and Louise Henderson, 10, show their support for England, South Africa and Australia, respectively, at their Rugby World Cup celebration day.
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KNEEL AND STRETCH: Georgia rugby players Levan Datunashvili, left, Goderdzi Shvelidze and Irakli Abuseridze warm up before a training session in Invercargill.
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HAPPILY RETURNED: Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt presents Scotland player and birthday boy Max Evans with a present.
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WARMLY HOSTED: Scottish rugby team manager Dougie Potter enjoys a drink with director of communications and public affairs Dominic McKay. Dominic McKay said the team had been blown away by the support they had received since arriving in Invercargill for the Rugby World Cup.
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RARE RUGBY TREAT: Members of the Georgia Rugby World Cup squad attend an assembly at Tisbury School.
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SPECIAL ROLE: Tyson Rangi, 11, in front of fellow Drummond Primary School pupils, holds a mini World Cup. Tyson will run on to Rugby Park with the Scotland rugby captain when they play Georgia in the Rugby World Cup.
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BUDDING COACH: Remarkables Primary School pupil Jorja Thomson, 5, runs with the rugby ball in a drill with Romanian scrumhalf Florin Surugiu.
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DOING A DEAL: West Coasters Mike Keenan, Jodie Treanor and Lisa De Rooy after swapping some whitebait for Bluff oysters with Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
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HEART-FELT: Georgia rugby supporters on the terraces at the Scotland v Romania Rugby World Cup game at Rugby Park in Invercargill. Scotland won 15-6.
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BEST OF MATES: Scottish-born Chris Montgomery and the Georgia rugby team's media manager Lasha Khurtsidze in a friendly arm wrestle, as Romanian-born Southlander Gina Balan looks on.
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GREAT ATTITUDE: Queenstown Primary School pupil Octavian Rasnoveanu, 5, was on the sidelines watching the Romanians train in Queenstown ahead of their pool B game against Argentina. He and his family emigrated to New Zealand from Romania two months ago.
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BUSTLING SHOPPERS: Esk St in Invercargill was busy with the Rugby World Cup visitors. Tills have been ringing in the south since the Rugby World Cup kicked off, with Southland recording the highest spending surge in the country.
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RECORD-HOLDER: Former All Black Simon Culhane has fond memories of the last time New Zealand played Japan in a rugby international he shattered the record for individual points in a game scoring 45 points on debut.
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PROUD AND ALONE: Regent St Dairy owners Sandra and Dallas Bryant are left with only the English flag after thieves stole the Georgia, Scotland, All Blacks and Romania flags, which were pinned outside the shop.
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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.
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NO KICKING: England's Jonny Wilkinson trains students from Wakatipu High School during a visit.
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BIGGEST CHEERS: English rugby players Chris Ashton, left, Mark Cueto, Alex Corbisiero, James Haskell and Dylan Hartley field questions from Arrowtown School pupils.
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VISIT A TONIC: Sam Small, 14, was among several children in Southland Hospital's children's ward who had a visit from members of the Romanian rugby team, including Ionut Dimofte. Sam, who had cancer when he was younger and was in for a checkup, said he was a big rugby fan and was excited about meeting international rugby players. Romania will play Argentina at Invercargill's Rugby Park in their second Rugby World Cup fixture.
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IN DEMAND: Romanian prop Mihaita Lazar has become hot property after a superb opening performance against Scotland in Argentina.
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ON A MISSION: Argentina forwards Marcos Ayerza, left, and Tomas Vallejos arrived in Invercargill.
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VEGETABLE MATTER: Romanian rugby player Andrei Radoi and Waianiwa School pupil Dean Grant, 10, with Dean's Silver Fern swede carving.
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LOYAL SUPPORT: Argentinian fans ready for the World Cup game in Invercargill, Santiago Carro, 11, left, and his father Daniel Carro, and former Los Pumas player Raul Loyola who are staying at the city's Top 10 Holiday Park.
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YUMMY: Patricio Pagani samples a Bluff oyster in Esk St before the Argentina-Romania game in Invercargill. Mr Pagani, originally from Argentina but now living in Auckland, said he had heard a lot about the oysters and thought they tasted 'amazing.' The win by Argentina gave him something else to feast on.
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FANS ABOUND: Argentina and Romania fans on the terraces at Rugby Park in Invercargill for the Rugby World Cup game. Agrentina won 43-8.
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SEEKING A BREAK: Man-of-the-match Argentina fullback Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino on the run as Romanian halfback Florin Surugiu tries to make a tackle during the World Cup match in Invercargill. Argentina won 43-8.
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PASS IT ON: Pumas captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe prepares to feed his backline during the World Cup match in Invercargill. Argentina beat Romania 43-8.
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ACTION DRAMA: Invercargill Middle School pupils Shanarrah Stronach, left, and Katelyn Mason, both 11, fight for the ball during a dress rehearsal of `Pass it Round the World' at Centrestage Theatre. Staff and pupils have written the script and score for the original musical.

The aren't your usual rugby supporters, but two poodles are wearing their allegiances on their chests.

Whitby dog owners John and Wendy Macilree had their dogs decorated in honour of the Rugby World Cup.

Eight-year-old white poodle Bree got the English rose treatment to go with Ms Macilree's English roots, while seven-year-old Morgan became All Black – silver fern included.

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Scotland supporters lines up to get into Rugby Park (from left) Gordon Hithell, of Glasgow, Ollie Fraser, Pat Fraser and Iain Fraser, all formerly of Tain, Scotland, but now live in Wellington.
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Romanian supporters (formerly of Romania but now living in Ashburton) Paul Orlandea (left) and Florina Badarinza. They were in Invercargill to watch the game between Scotland and Romania at Rugby Park.
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Invercargill swimmer Natalie Wiegersma supporting Romania at Rugby Park as they took on Scotland.
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Richard Slee (far left), Thomas Slee, Sarah Slee, all of Blackmount, and Joan Hopcroft, of Riverton, supporting Romania as they played against Scotland at Rugby Park.
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Sue Whelan, (far left), Lee Davies and Christine Dallas, of Invercargill, are proud Scotland fans.
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Steve Conacher (left) and Willie Irvine, both from Dundee, Scotland.
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Hayden Went (left) and Robert Dickson gearing up for the rugby at the Speights Ale House in Invercargill.
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Nicola Patterson and Pat Fraser looking forward to the rugby.
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Bar staff Jasmine Youngman (left) and Bodene Rangiuia preparing to serve punters who had come into the Speights Ale House to watch the rugby.
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Ollie Fraser (left) and Craig Duncan.
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Bryson Middleton (left) Roger Pollock get set to watch the All Blacks play Tonga.
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Chris Werthem (left) and David Leach get set to watch the rugby.
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Murray Brown (left), Kirstie Hughes and Joe Smith.
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Neil (left) and Bill Taylor at the Ale House before the Rugby World Cup opening.
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Scotland supporters Jeff Duggan (left) and Finn Duggan, of Invercargill.

Their dogs were regulars at Northland dog grooming store Otis and Louie, where painting pooches is among their services.

Owner Annelies van der Poel said the full service of animal-friendly paint and glitter was an all-day task.

"It takes three of us to get everything done once you have done the general grooming.

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STAUNCH: Rugby world Cup 2011 fans. Whitby couple Wendy and John Macilree with their poodles Bree, left, and Morgan.
STAUNCH: Rugby world Cup 2011 fans. Whitby couple Wendy and John Macilree with their poodles Bree, left, and Morgan.

"You're dealing with some very fidgety dogs but once the stencil and glitter is on it can look really effective."

The Macilrees were not attending any matches, so decided the liveried dogs would help liven up their living room rugby supporting.

Mr Macilree said the dogs were their fellow rugby followers at home.

"My boy Morgan likes watching a bit of TV – he was in front of it for the All Blacks game last weekend."

But Bree had shown less interest in the tournament, Ms Macilree said.

Much like her dog, she was the less rugby mad member of the household. "I actually prefer cricket to be honest, but it's all in the name of good fun."

Mr Macilree was adamant the World Cup would get a good showing at home. "I joked to Wendy that she should realise I would be taking over the remote for the next few weeks. The very next morning she shot out and bought a second television."

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