I'm a writer blogger who has been resident in the Hutt Valley since the late 1960's. I'm a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I have seen many people come and go over the years, seen many things good and bad. Time to remember life...
Who will win the 2015 Rugby World Cup; the New Zealand All Blacks or the Australian Wallabies? Some say they are tired of hearing and reading about the RWC. It is Rugby Union's time in the sun. We had the ODI Cricket World Cup and the Netball World Championship this year; won incidentally by Australia. Personally, I'm not yet tired of the media exposure or the day to day discussions about the Rugby World Cup. It all comes to an end this weekend, and whoever wins it, New Zealand or Australia, it will be for an unprecedented third time. In New Zealand's case it would be the first back to back wins in the cup's history.
There is no doubt that Michael Cheika has been great for the Australian Wallabies. He coached the NSW Waratahs to a Super Rugby win over the legendary Crusaders, though the critics would suggest the late penalty kick at goal was rather dubious. But whatever, the Waratahs name is engraved on the trophy.
Cheika was responsible for a number of overseas-based players coming back for the RWC this year. But, however, in NZ you have to be playing here to be selected.The Wallabies lack much of the All Blacks depth, so really appreciated these players returning for selection.
While Australia had a good pool series, New Zealand failed to fire and get some rhythm, but in the quarter final against France the All Blacks came alive and played how everybody expected them to, and annihilated France. Australia made rather heavy weather of their close win against Scotland.
In the semi-final against South Africa, the All Blacks battled in a classic 20-18 win over their historical opponents. Australia appeared to battle in their close win over Argentina.
Twickenham Stadium in London will host the final on October 31.