RWC2011 – Ireland’s host towns and training bases

30 08 2011

Ireland depart for New Zealand today for the Rugby World Cup. If you are traveling to watch them, you might be interested in the below schedule of their host cities and training facilities they will be using.

Ireland hold an open training session in Queenstown Events Centre Sept 4th from 1:30pm, keep an eye on this page in the next week or two for details of more..

Ireland’s Host Town and Training Centres

RWC2011: Get the apps: Android

30 08 2011

RWC2011 Android Apps review

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With the Rugby World Cup only around the corner, we are going to review the best free apps available for your smartphone, today it’s Android’s turn, will follow up with a post on iOS apps shortly!

Official Rugby World Cup 2011

– Access the Match Center for live match coverage, including live commentary, stats and video highlights.
– Get the latest news and keep up to date with the RWC Daily video.
– In New Zealand and want to know what to do? Go to the Fan Zone section to find out what events are on near where you are right now.
– Going to the match? Check out stadium locations, seating plans and facilities.

Our Verdict: Polished and packed full of info, would be handy if match times were localized.
Our Rating: *****
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Rugby World Cup 2011 Tracker

– Live match updates
– Summary of the most recent match results
– All upcoming matches
– All match fixtures including stadium and referee info
– Group tables
– Knockout stage
– Team Information
– Localized match times
– News
– Background results updates and match summaries
– Reminders for upcoming matches
– Add a match to your calendar

Our Verdict:  Not as polished as the official app but a quality product none the less, we love the localised kickoff times!
Our Rating: ****
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Rugby World Cup 2011 Free

– Live score updates
– top scorers
– fixtures and group standings
– squad lists and player records
– historical data
– all the results from every tournament starting from the first in 1987
– collated tables, see who has the best overall win loss record in world cup history
– head to head, see how your country stacks up against other teams in past tournaments
– see who the all time top points scorers are

Our Verdict:  Again, not as polished as the official app, Love the historical data from every RWC, will settle a few pub arguments no doubt!
Our Rating: ***
Marketplace Link

scrum_feed – a new way to keep track of your favourite rugby blogs

10 03 2011

Keeping up with the latest news and articles from rugby bloggers can be tough going, this prompted me to setup an RSS feed and dedicated twitter account for this purpose. The list follows RSS feeds from 24 rugby bloggers and tweets a link to each of their latest stories when they are published.

There are two ways to follow this stream of posts (averaging at 10 tweets/posts a day) you can subscribe to the RSS feed with your favourite RSS reader (Google Reader for example) using this link or you can follow the @scrum_feed twitter account to be notified of each post.

Below is the list of blogs that this feed is generated from, if you know of any more that would like to join, let me know the details of the RSS feed @22dropout:

  • The Connacht Cows
  • Blood & Mud
  • Chip and Chase Rugby
  • holyschmoke
  • On The Tryline… a rugby blog
  • RugggaMatrix – The Global Rugby Union Show
  • Rugby videos of tackles, tries, funny incidents and more
  • Scottish Rugby Blog
  • From the bottom of the ruck
  • Mud, Mouthguards, Muscles… Manpilez
  • ninetyninecall – rugby
  • Points of Blue
  • Rugby Gareth’s Thoughts
  • Studs On The 22
  • Front Row Union
  • Total Flanker…a rugby blog
  • Welsh Rugby Blog – All Things Welsh Rugby
  • BlogSpot Rugby
  • Born To Ruck
  • Green and Gold Rugby » – THE Aussie website for fans of Australia and the Wallabies
  • Knock On
  • The Rugby Blog

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