Blacks haka meets the Tongan Sipi Tau for the third time in
World Cup history tomorrow morning - and the sight of the
duelling pre-match showdowns will be a riveting spectacle for
the 50,000 plus supporters at Newcastle's iconic St James'
Park - and the millions watching via television.
Ireland centre Jared Payne and fullback Rob Kearney will be
available for the Six Nations champions' Rugby World Cup Pool
D decider against France on Sunday after returning to
training following minor injuries.
What could and should have been a rousing finale, where a win
or a Six Nations-style chase for 50 points would send England
into the World Cup quarterfinals, is now not even the biggest
rugby match in Manchester on Sunday.
Newcastle United fans, who have had little to cheer about in
a poor start to the English Premier League soccer season,
will get the chance to watch rugby world champions New
Zealand first hand at St James' Park.
the rest of the world wants to talk about the All Blacks'
World Cup quarterfinal opponents - either France or Ireland -
the men themselves are staying true to their desire to not
look beyond the end of each week.