Al was at Murrayfield to see Edinburgh Rugby beat London Irish 34-11 and top their Heineken Cup pool.
Rugby can be a silly game sometimes. Months of training, coaching and analysis, games plans formed, key players identified, opposition weaknesses highlighted and set pieces honed. 35 seconds from kick off and that all goes out the window – you end up with 30 grown men playing British Bulldogs with the addition of a ball.
After much blood, sweat and tears here is the Scotland RWC11 Fanzine – ‘Scots Wae Hae’. Containing a range of information this fanzine will hopefully provide the travelling Scotland fan with enough information to ensure they know what pubs to drink in, what songs to sing, where to get something to eat and what to do the the following morning when they realise they’ve lost their passport!
This is the baby of the Blog’s favorite ex-pat Colin so a million thanks to him for his considerable hard work. If you meet Colin in New Zealand be sure to buy him a pint!
Download fanzine here: ‘Scots Wa Hae’
If your intending to travel out to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup then you need to make sure to regularly visit the new ScotlandRWC2011 Facebook page. This has just been launched and will provide invaluable information for all Scot’s travelling to the other side of the world.
It has useful information on events, travel etc and will also contain up to date information on the Scottish Embassies which are being established in Invercargill, Wellington and Auckland. The embassies will provide a safe haven of good beer, good grub and good craic for all Scotland fans.
A million thanks go to Colin in Wellington for this invaluable resource!
Are you going to New Zealand in the next few weeks for the Rugby World Cup? No doubt you have your flights booked, the kilt cleaned, match tickets secured somewhere safe and a camper-van booked to take you from Invercargill all the way to Auckland (presuming it doesn’t fall to bit’s en route).
As a travelling foot-soldier of Scottish Rugby you’ll know fine well that just as important as the game is the craic before and after games. Part of the fun in travelling to any new city is finding new drinking dens where a spot of libation can be found. Well, the good folks at Lion Nathan have agreed to put on Scottish Embassies in Invercargill, Wellington and Auckland through their Macs and Speights pubs.
More info will appear on the blog but also make sure you go to the facebook page – ScotlandRWC2011 where much more info for Scotland fans can be found.
Also check out the Speights and Macs websites for specific info on venues:
The problem with World Cups is that you have to make sacrifices to attend. A trip to the other side of the world doesn’t come cheap and to fund this you have to give up on the small pleasures, such as warm up games. However the rugby god’s saw fit to reward my commitment to the cause by dishing up a couple of tickets to Saturday’s game so I could see first hand just what was being prepared for the main course in a few weeks time.
So. 6 Nations times rumbles round again, swept in on the back of gale force winds and predictions of glory (whatever that may actually be) from all 6 corners of the tournament. For me the tournament will be viewed from the comfort of my sofa and with only the dulcet tones of Brian Moore and Jonathan Davies to raise my blood pressure. Still, despite being ticket-less for the first time in living memory the excitement still builds as the tournament approaches.
So, a year from now and it’ll all be over and we will know just how far Scotland has come as a rugby nation. Scotland have been building towards World Cup 2011 since Andy Robinson came into post and the focus is now very much on next year’s big event. Progress has been made and the good folk at Team Scotland would point to good performances, and more importantly results, in the last 3 games – away from home – where they have beaten Ireland and the Argentinians (twice). A year from now though Scotland will be in the tightest Group at WC2011 with both England and Argentina standing in the way of progress to the knock out stages. Scotland need to keep on the upward trajectory to keep the momentum building towards WC2011 and the impending Autumn Internationals are now the next key test.
In English – BBC Alba are to show Edinburgh and Glasgow Magners League games next season. Granted it’ll be in a language that only 3 men and their sheep understand and every fifth word will be an English word said in a funny way but it is a damn site better than what has gone beforehand!
Congrats to the BBC for doing this – might get some decent numbers tuning in!
A quick post on last night’s bore-fest against Japan.
Free entry, a free programme, minimal queues to grab a beer and a sunny evening. The perfect recipe then to see a strong Scotland side warm up with a convincing victory over a Japan select? Well not really, as despite all the potential it was really a bit boring.
Well boys ‘n’ girls wasn’t that a right royal kick to the rugby knackers?
Never have I felt so deflated, upset, despondent yet awfully proud at a game of rugby. To a man Scotland played out of their socks and in Dan Parks had the outstanding player on the field of play – his performance in defeat is one of the finest in a Scotland shirt in a long time. I’ve no idea how Robinson will go about lifting the spirits of the team after the crushing blow of Saturday but I hope he reminds the players of the level of performance they turned in and how, in the first half in particular, they played some damn good rugby. I also hope he shows them the dirge that Italy and England served up – in my opinion Scotland have a damn site more to offer that either of those sides, even with the injured players.