Rugby World Cup 2011 – the fan trail

Fans of the RWC, you are legendary. I work in Ponsonby, the inner city Auckland suburb which adopted England and their supporters, while their team may be the wooden spoons of the tournament, their fans were, like all the teams, full of exuberant fun. My own neighbourhood adopted Samoa, that small island nation that has for decades generously fed outstanding athletes to our own team, the All Blacks. Bless them. With their Pacific cousins, Tonga and Fiji, Samoa had some of the most passionate, colourful, big-hearted supporters. They played outstanding rugby too, with some of the cup’s most inspirational, dynamic, individual players to boot.

To all the fans, thank-you. You have made the last month an electrifying time. Stepping out everyday was a carnival of sight, sound, smiles and laughter. I hope as hosts we have returned the favour. Haere ra.

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

France vs All Blacks– the final – fans on the way to the game Pic: InkEatsMan

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