Club development officer, Andy Wilson is back with his second blog for the Rugby World Cup. He talks about what we can expect on the big day this Friday and more memories of New Zealand and his national team, The All Blacks.
Just looked at the countdown clock and only 2 days before the first game, the mighty England against the tough Fiji. England will need all their focus and skills to overcome a very quick and physical team in Fiji. The other point is that teams that are expected to win
sometimes slip on a banana skin, so get down to the “Fanzone” situated at the Millennium Square and watch the game on the BIG screen. Come early before kick-off and let your youngsters play in the FanZone, small sided games, skills and inflatables….fun for all. More information can be found onthe Leeds City Council website.
So what will be happening back in the land of the current champions New Zealand?
First of all there is a 13 hour time difference so when the game kicks off at 2000 the super keen Kiwi sporting nation will be wiping away the sleep from the eyes for a 0700 start. Traditionally
the kiwi’s population will follow all games so by the end of the tournament they will well verse to the early starts, not forgetting the cooked breakfast at half time. The seasons are different as well with the UK heading into autumn / early winter and New Zealand going into spring / early summer. As the entire nation will be following the All Blacks it is common practice with many international sporting events for employers to allow their staff to start and finish later at work so not to miss any action.
How quickly we forget how technology has moved on and we can view most events live by a flick of a switch on the remote. Wasn’t many years ago that I remember getting up in the morning with my Dad to listen to the All Black playing England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland on the radio. Not even a 0700 start, no TV pressures from sponsors so most UK games started at 1500, 0200 New Zealand time. Surprisingly I can still recall all the tackles, runs,
kicks and the roar of the crowd without viewing the game, a testament of the excellent broadcasting skill of the commentator of the period.
Remember to find out more about what is happening in Leeds you can go to www.rugbyworldcupleeds.com. Don’t miss out as there are many opportunities to get involved with the RWC.
By the way the All Blacks play Argentina on Sunday 20:00 UK time and 07:00 NZ time.
Andy Wilson, Club Development Officer, Leeds City Council