Welcome to the first edition of This Sporting Life for the winter of 2010!
Rugby takes a bit of a back seat this weekend; the Super 14 is done and dusted, and the All Blacks' season doesn't start until next weekend. The Wallabies are playing Fiji in Canberra tomorrow (who scheduled THAT venue?), so we can only speculate that our mates from across the ditch weren't confident of involvement in the S14 final by scheduling a test match the following week!
So it's football that has our attention just at the moment, and it's less than two weeks until the All Whites have their first World Cup hit-out. And it's only 8 days until the tournament starts; we're really looking forward to it. The All Whites' preparation continues tomorrow morning with a match against Slovenia, not to be confursed with Slovakia, whom we'll meet at the tournament proper, We'll report in due course. In the meantime, check out this story from today's Herald; a team effort from Chris Rattue, Dylan Cleaver and Winston Aldworth, and well worth a read.
Other than that, Tiger's playing at Jack's place, and we can't see anything other than a flogging for the Warriors against the Dragons. Have we missed anything? You'll tell us, no doubt!
The floor is, as always, yours ...