Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Put some pace on it!

That is what rugby coaches say when they want their players to go faster. The reason I'm writing about this is because the Rugby Union World Cup is taking place in France right now, a major event in international sports. If you are American, you probably don't know about the Rugby World Cup for two reasons. 1) American fans only like domestic sports like football and baseball, and 2) the American rugby team is bad. Although, the US team has a single feather in its cap for being the only team to score a try against the Australian champs during the 1999 World Cup.

The BBC has decided that the USA "can be expected to be competitive against Tonga, but the loser of that game will finish at the bottom of the group. Unrealistic to expect any more." The USA lost to Tonga . Tune in today, September 26 at 7 p.m. BST to watch the USA take on Samoa.

Yesterday, Canada tied Japan 12-12, only the second tie in World Cup history. Japan is about as good as America at rugby, and they likely peaked during this game. The Canadians were expecting to beat Japan, so the tie was a disappointment for them. Also today, Romania edged out Portugal 14-10. Portugal led 7-0 at halftime but could not hold on to the lead, securing the last spot in the very competitive Pool C against Romania, Italy, Scotland, and New Zealand.

Scotland went down 0-40 against tournament favorite New Zealand on Sunday, but according to the BBC report, Scotland is more concerned about beating Italy. They had no chance of winning against New Zealand, who will likely take the top spot in Pool C. If Scotland beats Italy, they will come in second and make it to the quarter-finals.

The leaders as of today are: A) South Africa, B) Australia, C) New Zealand, and D) Argentina. Later today, Georgia takes on Namibia and the USA will play Samoa.

Quarter finals begin on October 6 and the playoffs culminate on October 20, when the 2007 World Cup Championship game will be played. Get your scrum on!

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