Tuesday, September 06, 2011

2011 Rugby World Cup Day 1

Twenty years ago next month, Tomasin and I spent ten days in Ireland, Wales and England playing rugby and watching three games of the 1991 Rugby World Cup. We traveled with about 30 people under the banner of the Tennessee Long Rifles. In October, I am going to post the itinerary from that trip along with the few pictures that I have.

About a year ago, Tomasin called me and said that he and Swedberg were putting together a small group to go to New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The group includes the Tomasin's, Geselbracht's, Swedberg's, Holland's (from Jackson Mississippi), Wren's (from Santa Rosa), Hunter and I. I get the pleasure of rooming with Hunter for the next two weeks!

Eight of us left San Francisco at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday night on a direct flight to Auckland. Julie and the Geselbracht's will be joining us early next week in Dunedin, while Hunter flew out early for a few days in Thailand. We will be spending four days in and around Auckland on the north island before jumping to the south island with stops in Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anu, Milford Sound and Queenstown. We are seeing the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Rugby World Cup on Friday night immediately followed by a game with the host New Zealand All Blacks playing Tonga.

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