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The Eagles Fly Home Whilst The Dragons Show Their Fire

As a Welshman who emigrated to, (and became a Citizen of), the United States, I’m in the lucky position of having two countries I can throw my support behind, in the international arena.

Right now the competition that ends in the presentation of the Webb Ellis Trophy is about half-way through.

The “Pool” stage is over now and the top two teams from each Pool moved through to the next round, (the Quarter-Finals). The teams finished like this:

Pool A
New Zealand
France
Tonga
Canada
Japan
Pool B
England
Argentina
Scotland
Georgia
Romania
Pool C
Ireland
Australia
Italy
USA
Russia
Pool D
South Africa
Wales

Samoa
Fiji
Namibia

The Quarter-Final results were:

Ireland 10-22 Wales
England 12-19 France
South Africa 9-11 Australia
New Zealand 33-10 Argentina

This means the Semi-finals shape up like this…

Semi-final One: 15 October
Wales v France
(Eden Park, Auckland, 0400 EST)

Semi-final Two: 16 October
Australia v New Zealand
(Eden Park, Auckland, 0400 EST)

Unfortunately, the USA won’t be taking any further part. Its one of the perplexing questions of USA Rugby: why don’t they do better?

I’ll put forth my thoughts on that, and maybe even some ideas on how to change the situation, in future blog entries.

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