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How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2011
Author: Spiro Zavos
Publisher: Penguin, 2011
Reviewer: Sharon Palmer
IT'S hard to believe there could be anyone else
out there who loves the game of rugby as much, or
knows as much about the sport, as Spiro Zavos.
Just in time for the world cup, rugby writer Zavos
has written an "everything you need to know" guide to
this year's world cup in New Zealand.
How to Watch the Rugby World Cup 2011 covers
everything from the bidding process to tips on how to
pick the winning team, everything you ever wanted to
know about the draw (including the politics) but were
too afraid to ask, the history of the tournament, facts
and figures on past world cups and a rather amus-
ing segment on "how to talk rugby in NZ". The latter
includes tips on the meaning of terms such as "real
your father" and
into four pools
will battle it out
and October in
New Zealand to
claim a stake at
the World Cup.
The first game of
on September 9
will feature New
Zealand at Eden
Park Stadium in
Auckland -- they
will face Tonga.
The final will
be played at that
venue six weeks
later on October 23. By that time, 48 matches will have
been played, including four quarter-finals, two semi-
finals, a third-place final and the final.
Australia will play in Pool C and face Italy in its first
game on September 11, Ireland on September 17, the USA
on September 23, Russia on October 1 and, if there's a
rugby god, New Zealand in the final on October 23.
As for the Wallabies chances, Zavos has devoted
a chapter on "the Wallabies and Pool C" and gives an
educated guesstimate on the results of all matches in
the pool ... his final "fearless" prediction -- Ireland
beaten quarter finalists; Australia finalists.
Obviously, this prediction was made before
Australia lost to Samoa a couple of weeks ago.
Zavos also talks about the irony of Australia possibly
winning under the guidance of New Zealand Robbie
Deans and devotes chapters to the other three pools.
How to Watch the Rugby World Cup 2011 is a must
for avid rugby fans and room should be left in suitcases
for the trip to New Zealand or next to the remote.
One for the
Jumping t y
By Michael Brooke
THE brains-trust of the Wallabies
and the ACT Brumbies is helping
the Australian Services Rugby
Union team (ASRU) to tackle
the giants of rugby in the inaugu-
ral International Defence Rugby
The ASRU men's team will begin
its campaign in the IDRC against
Tonga at Canberra's Viking Park
on October 1, before tackling the
Chinese People's Liberation Army at
the same venue on October 9.
Coach Capt Damien Cahill said
his team was fit and ready to play.
"We'll be extremely well pre-
pared and with our best players on
the field, barring injury and deploy-
ments. I am confident we will do
well," he said.
The ASRU kicked off its prepa-
ration with a professional boot camp
at Randwick Barracks from July
20-21, where the team worked on its
ASRU has selected an initial
training squad of 60. More than 30
attended the training camp where
they benefited from sessions with
injured Wallaby Drew Mitchell,
Brumbies skipper Steve Hoiles and
other former internationals.
Mitchell mentored the wingers
and fullbacks in the art of coordi-
nating attack and defence options,
while Hoiles tutored the forwards in
The Brumbies skipper, who has
played 12 games for the Wallabies,
said the ASRU forwards had
improved immensely over the past
"They've really come of age in
recent times and I'm confident they
will do really well in the IDRC,"
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
THE International Defence Rugby
Competition will be played from October
1-22 in Canberra, Sydney and Auckland
in conjunction with the mainstream
World Cup. It will be the pinnacle of
the season for the Australian Services
Rugby Union, which has about 60 play-
ers training and undergoing testing
under head coach Capt Damien Cahill.
ASRU's first game will be played at
Viking Park in Canberra on October 1
against Tonga. In the lead-up to the
IDRC, ASRU will play three games --
against Victoria at Kapooka (Wagga)
on September 10 at 3pm; Australian
Universities Rugby Union in Melbourne
(venue to be announced) on September
17 at 3pm; and Sydney at Victoria
Barracks on September 24 at 3pm. The
squad will then be trimmed to 27 short-
ly before the international competition.
in the art of scrimmaging by Marco
Caputo and Mark Giacheri, who
shared his vast experience about
defending the maul.
The ASRU backs also received
skills training from former Waratah
and Wallaby David Knox.
The ASRU players said it was
great to have the support of the
Wallabies and Australian Super 14
teams such as the Waratahs and the
Brumbies, as well as NSW clubs
such as the Randwick Rugby team.
Sgt Dean King, 1RAR, praised
the training and advice provided by
the current and former internationals
during the boot camp.
"The skill sessions were really
important, but I also think the team
was able to gel here, which will
help us in our opening round-robin
matches against Tonga and China,"
The ASRU boot camp also fea-
tured base-line testing for fitness and
strength, with the players impressing
the coaching staff with their stamina
and endurance during a challenging
beep test and a weights session.
Capt Cahill said the players had
been on a strength and conditioning
training program since March to pre-
pare the squad for the first selection
trial match to be played at Portsea
Oval on August 17, between the
'possibles' vs 'probables.'
Sky's the limit: Sgt Dean King, 1RAR, jumps for the ball
during line-out training at the ASRU boot camp at Randwick
Barracks on July 20.
Photo by Michael Brooke
The forwards were also mentored
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