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Twickenham Stadium on a lovely day

Dance Competition

Fancy dress has always been part of the occasion

Here come the Girls!

No opportunity for merchandising is missed – the ball carrier

A French player signs autographs for fans

 

So 2 days of Rugby had led to 3 awesome final matches: a ‘southern hemisphere final ‘ between Australia and South Africa (for 5 & 6th place in the tournament); a ‘north American final’ between Canada and the USA (for 3rd & 4th place) and the final between ‘the auld enemies’ England and Scotland for the tournament trophy.

South Africa secure the line-out ball against Australia

Australia kick for goal against South Africa

Canada head for the try line against the USA.

Canada out jump the USA to gain possession of the ball from a line-out

England warm up for the final

England line up before the final for the national anthems

Scotland head for the try line against England

Scotland keep the ball moving against England

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eventual London tournament result was 1st Scotland; 2nd England; 3rd Canada; 4th The USA; 5th South Africa; 6th Australia. The winners of the World series for the best team over all the competitions this season was South Africa with England as runners-up and Fiji in third.

The USA recycle the ball in Quarter Final versus Australia which they went on to win.

My friend Ted and I spent a wonderful day on Sunday at the HSBC International Rugby Sevens at Twickenham in SW London. Rugby Sevens, a variant on the full 15 a side game has grown in stature especially since it was admitted to the Olympics in 2012 and now more countries are taking up the game. 21 nations took part in this year’s World series which is a league table based on performance at a number of tournaments all over the world culminating in the London tournament.

South Africa take the line-out ball in quarter-final against England

England put into the scrum in quarter-final against South Africa which they went on to win.

The ‘Antipodes final’ as New Zealand lost to Australia in a classification match (5th-8th place)

Australian put-in versus New Zealand, which Australia went on to win.

South Africa offload from the tackle against Argentina in a classification match (5th-8th place). South Africa won.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland kick for goal in Semi-final against the USA

Scotland celebrates winning in the semi-final against the USA.

England tries to hold the ball up in the Semi-final against Canada, which they went on to win.

 

 

 

Some more photos from the weekend at the UCI World Cycling Championships in London

Laura Trott – World Champion Women’s Scratch race and Women’s Omnium

Relaxing before a race

Relaxing before a race

Warming up before the race

Warming up before the race

Keeping an eye on your opponents

Keeping an eye on your opponents

 

Sir Bradley Wiggens – World Champion Maddison; Silver medal Men’s Team pursuit and first British winner of Tour de France

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Mark Cavendish – World Champion Maddison

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On the start line for the 1Km time trial

On the start line for the 1Km time trial

At the weekend Sue and I went to the Cycling World Championships at the velodrome in the Olympic park, which is a fantastic venue. Great atmosphere; Great Sport

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When you fall off, you get straight back on!

When you fall off, you get straight back on!

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Barbarians v Samoa (3)

Posted: September 3, 2015 in Sport
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Barbrians get the game started

Barbarians get the game started

Contesting the ball at a line-out

Contesting the ball at a line-out

The brute power of the scrum

The brute power of the scrum

High ball to the back of line-out

High ball to the back of line-out

Barbarians kick for goal

Barbarians kick for goal

The ball's in there somewhere !

The ball’s in there somewhere !

A great match which the barbarians eventually won 27-24.

 

Barbarians v Samoa (2)

Posted: September 2, 2015 in Sport
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The mighty Samoans version of the haka!

Le Manu Samoa ia manu le fai o le faiva
(The Manu Samoa, may you succeed in your mission )

Le Manu Samoa lenei ua ou sau
(The Manu Samoa, here I come )

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Leai se isi Manu oi le atu laulau
(There is no other Manu (team) anywhere )

Ua ou sai nei ma le mea atoa
(Here I come completely prepared)

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O lou malosi ua atoatoa
(My strength is at its peak)

Ia e faatafa ma e soso ese
(Make way and move aside)

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Leaga o lenei manu e uiga ese
(Because this Manu is unique)

Le Manu Samoa
(The Manu Samoa )

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Le Manu Samoa
(The Manu Samoa)

Le Manu Samoa e o mai I Samoa
(The Manu Samoa reigns from Samoa)

 

Barbarians v Samoa (1)

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Sport
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Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

As part of the warm up to the Rugby World Cup Keith and I went to the Olympic Stadium to see the Barbarians (an invitation team made up of International players) and the Samoan national team.

Here are some pictures of the teams during the warm-up

Scrum practice for Samoan forwards

Scrum practice for Samoan forwards

Barbarians try out their passing

Barbarians try out their passing

Samoans go their their exercises

Samoans go their their exercises

Line-out practise for the Samoans

Line-out practise for the Samoans

Catch!

Catch!

 

 

Olympic Park Revisited

Posted: August 31, 2015 in London, Sport, UK
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Olympic Park Stratford

Olympic Park Stratford

Over the weekend I made my first visit to the Olympic park in London since those heady days of 2012. Much has changed, but much of the original remains and the stadia are just fantastic!

View as you approach from Stratford

View as you approach from Stratford

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Aquatic Centre

Aquatic Centre

The Orbit Tower

The Orbit Tower

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

 

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

 

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Whilst in Newcastle recently I managed to find time to do the tourist bus trail. One of the iconic places in the city centre we passed was St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United and the Toon Army.

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And for anyone wondering what it looks like inside

St James' Park
Photo by Jack Pickard (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thepickards/)