Monday, July 11, 2011

Rugby World Cup 2011 video game

I was wondering if any rugby video games was going to be launched this year, and I just googled it and I found that a rugby video game developed by HB Studios[2] and 505 Game is upcoming: Rugby World Cup 2011

The game will be the Official video game for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and will be released on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 on the 26th of August 2011.

It is expected the game will feature all major international squads, including the 20 nations competing in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. HB Studios have so far confirmed xclusive licenses to the Irish, Welsh, Scottish, French, English and South African national sides, with other major union licenses likely to be announced soon.

However, due to rival game Rugby Challenge due out later in 2011, (being developed by Sidhe) having the exclusive licenses to the All Blacks, Wallabies and USA Eagles, the Australian, New Zealand and USA teams will not feature authentic player faces/details or their official world cup kits within the official Rugby World Cup 2011 game. Although the customisation options in the game, are said to allow for modification of player names and attributes.

Source: Wikipedia

Friday, July 8, 2011


Today is the big day. Crusaders are here in town, ready to play, after a more than 20,000 Km flight. The Reds are also ready to beat the visitors; apparently the same Queensland team that started against the Blues last week, will start this weekend.

Red is the colour in the Queen's land, it is the first final appearance since 95 and, just lime me, a lot of people have never seen the men in "rojo" win. I came to Australia in 2005 and, disappointingly, the only award son by the Reds has been the wooden spoon they got in 2007 but the best performance until now was last year, what a transformation in only four years, specially the last two. From last to top, well done!

The improvement has been not only inside, also outside the field, a real winner attitude. Everyone here (except most kiwis) want the Reds to win, but whatever happens today, it has been a successful season for them, a positive boost for the rugby game in Australia and for the fans that barely used to come to the games; and for the half-empty stadium, I am sure it will reach a record attendance tonight.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I got it! I am one of the nearly fifty thousand fans that will be at Suncorp stadium on Saturday watching the Queensland Reds and Crusaders playing the 2011 Super Rugby final. The tickets were sold out in only 45 minutes. It was crazy.

I was like "caimán en boca de caño" earlier today waiting for the tickets release at 9 am, after a few tries and broken nerves, I got access, and with three minutes left to complete the transaction I had to register my Id and password, what a moment to ask for a password, I got too many, bank account, email, computer, blog, blah,blah,blah, and now ticketek, of course I could not remember it, so I had to wait for an email to be sent to my hotmail account with my password.

Time was nearly over and if i did not complete the transaction on time, most probably I was going to be kicked out of the page and lose my chance to buy tickets. How stressful! In less than a minute I typed my password, got access, made payment and got purchase confirmation.Ticket printed. Oooops it was a child ticket. I must upgrade it, hopefully it will be ok, I will go to ticketek tomorrow.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Reds v Crusaders Super Rugby Final

Los Reds de Queensland vencieron a los Blues de Auckland 30-13 en el partido de semi finales que se disputo anoche en el Suncorp staidum y consiguieron por tercera vez en la historia del equipo el pase a las finales.

Los Reds corrieron, patiaron el balon al espacio y rompieron la defensa azul en repetidas ocasiones para anotar cuatro tries, el primero al minuto 11, cuando los blues atacaban y parecian romper el empate a cero, Davies, el wing rojo, interceptó un pase del equipo visitante y anotó en soliatrio en eel medio de los palos para abrir la cuenta a favor del equipo local.

El segundo try, en mi opnion, el mejor del partido, fue producto de una jugada invidual del apertura de Queensland, quien en un despliegue de habilidades dejo atras a cinco defensores de Auckland, y del apoyo del centro rojo quien recibio una pelota del número 10 para anotar y ampliar la ventaja 12-0.

Los Blues anotaron sus primeros puntos poco antes del descanso y el marcador mostraba 15-7 al final de la mitad inicial.

En la segunda parte Queenland continúo atacando por el centro y Davies anotaría nuevamente en un par de ocasiones, para totalizar tres en un encuentro, algo nunca antes realizado, en quince años de Súper Rugby, por el un jugador queenslander.

Un poco de indisciplina le dio a los visitantes otros seis puntos pero no fueron suficientes para superar la ventaja.

Al final un drop gol de Cooper el apertura de los Reds le daba cifra finales al encuentro 30-13 y seguidamente vino la explosión de alegría, el delirio de la marea roja que llenaba las tribunas del estadio de Brisbane.

Tries - R Davies 3, B Tapuai
Pen - Q Cooper
Con - Q Cooper 2
Drop - Q Cooper
Cards -

Tries - C Lowrey
Pen - L McAlister 2
Con - S Brett

En la otra semi final los Crusader derrotaron a los Stormers como visitantes en Cape Town 29-10, terminando la supremacía de los equipos surafricanos en los últimos años de Súper Rugby.

Ahora los Crusaders, que jugaron toda la temporada, como visitantes debido al terremoto de Christchurch que daño su estadio, viajarán a Brisbane a enfrentar a los Reds en la final de Súper Rugby 2011. Será un juego, sin duas, a casa llena.