The Rugby World Cup
Rob was lucky enough to get some tickets for the World Cup and enjoyed the atmosphere of the opening ceremony and the fact that England made the necessary start to the tournament by beating Fiji. Met up with Mike at the third half bar before the game and soaked up the excitement and anticipation of the tournament ahead. A long day which started by leaving home at 10am and with the late kick off at 8pm Rob did not get back home until 1.30am.
The plan was for back to back games and get to the local fixture at Kingsholm on the Sunday. It ended up meaning going later the same day considering what time the trip to Twickenham finished! Front row at Kingsholm was a different feel to Twickenham as you are so close to the play – you almost feel some of the huge hits that were made. Great game and an unexpected result for Georgia to win.
Then came the disappointment and England’s exit so although Rob had quarter final tickets he opted to let friends take those tickets as it was one thing to push the amassing Uni work aside to watch England – it would have been a full day lost rather than just the 2 hours for watching on the telly. Having got over the fact that England were out Rob did decide to go to the second semi-final and watch Australia v Argentina. Great rugby and very much worth the trip.
The final was watched at home with a belief that the best side won – several of the All Black players had signed the Crusaders shirt which was sent to Rob when he was in Frenchay 2 years ago – a shirt which followed Rob round and was hung up by his bed in Salisbury and which now is framed and hanging on his wall at home.