The Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup was the best such ceremony I have ever witnessed. It is well worth watching.
Just brilliant. It is an object lesson in how to incorporate at the deepest level the essence of local ethnicity and its connection to the world through the sport.
The games have been equally interesting so far. In the opener, the Tongans — boasting a hakka to challenge that of the All Blacks themselves — fought well in a losing cause. Fiji and Namibia showed some creative open play in a high-scoring affair, and both Scotland and England had to come back from deficits as favourites in their first matches. Tonight I’m looking forward to the Wales clash against South Africa.