Friday, 2 October 2015

A night with the All Blacks .....

whilst sitting watching the All Blacks on TV playing Georgia at the Millennium stadium I thought I would share my night at the Olympic Park stadium watching them play Namibia.
New Zealand obviously the firm favourites to retain the World Cup this year and as a rugby fan any opportunity to see this epic squad play I will take.







With 2 of the worlds greatest players in the squad in Richie McCaw and Dan Carter.
Richie is the most capped test player of all time, captain of the All Blacks and is in his 14th year with the New Zealand team and been captain for 9 years, playing predominately in the 8 position, open side flanker.
Dan Carter is one of the best No.10's in the world and is the highest scorer in test match history. This will be his last world cup as he retires from international rugby after the world cup (separate blog post to come!)
Alas Dan wasn't in the squad for the Namibia game, but to my joy he was part of the warm-up activity before the game started! so lots of opportunity to grab some pictures.







Another plus for the evening was that the team captain for Namibia is Jacques Burger who currently plays for Saracens and is one of my favourite Sarries players.
With the Olympic Park stadium looking glorious inside out and showcased fabulously with a stunning sunset and with music accompaniment from the Irish Coldstream Guards it was time for the fun to begin.



Squads led out to huge light and pyrotechnics and a sold out Olympic park stadium on the feet.

As with all All Black games no game kicks off without a Haka - (A haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge of the Māori people of New Zealand ) here is the Haka which was performed on the night.

The Game kicked off and within minutes New Zealand had points on the board, however Namibia played with huge heart and passion and the crowd were soon cheering the underdog.
Loved the flag asking the All Blacks to be kind! Namibia didn't make it easy for NZ and even scored a running try against the team, which was a huge achievement for such a little team.
 
 Namibia played with heart and soul until the 80th minute and although beaten 58/14 the score didn't reflect the passion and willingness to win from the Namibia boys.

 I had a great evening at the Olympic Park and my Rugby World cup adventures so far have just been fabulous.
 Here are some previous adventures from my rugby world cup journey so far.


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Friday, 2 October 2015

A night with the All Blacks .....

whilst sitting watching the All Blacks on TV playing Georgia at the Millennium stadium I thought I would share my night at the Olympic Park stadium watching them play Namibia.
New Zealand obviously the firm favourites to retain the World Cup this year and as a rugby fan any opportunity to see this epic squad play I will take.







With 2 of the worlds greatest players in the squad in Richie McCaw and Dan Carter.
Richie is the most capped test player of all time, captain of the All Blacks and is in his 14th year with the New Zealand team and been captain for 9 years, playing predominately in the 8 position, open side flanker.
Dan Carter is one of the best No.10's in the world and is the highest scorer in test match history. This will be his last world cup as he retires from international rugby after the world cup (separate blog post to come!)
Alas Dan wasn't in the squad for the Namibia game, but to my joy he was part of the warm-up activity before the game started! so lots of opportunity to grab some pictures.







Another plus for the evening was that the team captain for Namibia is Jacques Burger who currently plays for Saracens and is one of my favourite Sarries players.
With the Olympic Park stadium looking glorious inside out and showcased fabulously with a stunning sunset and with music accompaniment from the Irish Coldstream Guards it was time for the fun to begin.



Squads led out to huge light and pyrotechnics and a sold out Olympic park stadium on the feet.

As with all All Black games no game kicks off without a Haka - (A haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge of the Māori people of New Zealand ) here is the Haka which was performed on the night.

The Game kicked off and within minutes New Zealand had points on the board, however Namibia played with huge heart and passion and the crowd were soon cheering the underdog.
Loved the flag asking the All Blacks to be kind! Namibia didn't make it easy for NZ and even scored a running try against the team, which was a huge achievement for such a little team.
 
 Namibia played with heart and soul until the 80th minute and although beaten 58/14 the score didn't reflect the passion and willingness to win from the Namibia boys.

 I had a great evening at the Olympic Park and my Rugby World cup adventures so far have just been fabulous.
 Here are some previous adventures from my rugby world cup journey so far.


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