Churchill Cup Finals, Twickenham, London, June 2007
It was Rugby World Cup year, so we were building up nicely with some summer rugby at Twickers - The Churchill Cup finals day, three matches in the sun, but we were naturally there for the Cup Final proper, England Saxons v New Zealand Maori. Definitely the smallest crowd I had ever expected at Twickenham,. Only a few thousand. It was like a Wellington ITM Cup crowd – when they're winning! However, I think the punters there were the purists, genuine ex-pat fans of the respective nations’ teams playing which meant a notable absence of the bandwagon City Boy toss-pots that generate Twickenham & RFU gate takings when England play. You know… the Hackett-jumper-round-the-shoulders crowd. Turns out (thanks, Wiki) this was teh first time the Cup had been played outside North Amewrica, and to be honest I always think of it as a tradiotional fixture between Canada and England - it must have been widened up to a tournament at some point. This day, our Maori team lost 17-13 to the Saxons - a team stacked with of capped/soon-to-becapped England internationals. Was a fun day out though, nice to sit in some sun and watch some stress-less rugby before the World Cup, and once back in at Waterloo off the trains, we hit the pubs in the South Bank area in the early evening. God I miss those London pubs. Completely un-rugby related song, The Kinks’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’.