Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Zealand wins the Rugby Junior World Championship

Greetings from Ottawa: the most desolate sports city in North America, at least in the summer. There's not much to write about for the next week as I visit family and friends here, but I will be doing a road trip to New York starting in just over a week, which I am looking forward to.

Back in Tokyo, the Rugby Junior World Championship concluded today, with New Zealand thumping England 44-28. This is the second year in a row that the Baby Blacks have taken the title by beating England, so they are looking good for the 2011 World Cup, to be held in New Zealand (road trip!).

South Africa beat Australia 32-5 for third place, while Canada lost to Italy to finish 14 out of 16, one spot in front of Japan, who pummelled wooden spoon holders Uruguay 54-17.

The tournament seemed to be a success, at least in Tokyo where I watched, with the final attracting 20,000 fans according to estimates. Here's hoping that a future World Cup will find it's way to Japan (update: 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held here).

I'll leave for Manchester, NH next Monday, taking a short 3-day trip to New York, with stops at 3 ballparks along the way. I'll then spend 10 days in the Big Apple. I'll see 3 Jays-Yankees games and then 2 Mets-Dodgers tilts, where Manny Ramirez should be back in the lineup for LA. Updates will be posted here as always. In the meantime, I'll try to add some opinions about what's going on in pro sports in North America over the next week.




  1. Manny Ramirez in enemy territory. Wonder how many female estrogen placards will be seen out there. Awesome blog by the way, I love all the pics you post! How do you get so up close on the action?

  2. Welcome to NA and to the US. Keep your eye on the Rockies. I'm quite excited about their current run. 18 of 19? Rockies schedule for the next two weeks - Angels, Oakland, then the dreaded Dodgers.

    Looking forward to your opinion on the new parks in NYC.