10 websites to help you follow the Rugby World Cup action

There are just four days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup!!

If you’re a mad keen rugby fan but can’t get to the games, consider checking out this list of sites for all the action you can handle online.

1. www.rugbyworldcup.com
The official website should be your first point of action. Here they’ll have the results, the photographs, the statistics, the pools, the rules and everything else you can think of.

2. www.rwc2011game.com
If you can’t play the real thing then consider the online version – this is the official Rugby World Cup game and was launched on August 26th for the Xbox360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 platforms.

3. Team websites
If you’re supporting someone in the competition check out their home page. Here’s a few:
www.allblacks.com (New Zealand)
www.rugby.com.au (Australia)
www.sarugby.net (South Africa)

4. www.youtube.com
There are some fun compilations already on YouTube for the World Cup including the official trailer for the game (see number 2 above) and promotional tourism ads. Check them out.

5. The bloggers and tweeters
There are plenty of rugby blogs online to keep you up to date. You may well have your own personal favourite. If not consider some of the following:
www.therugbyblog.co.uk or @Hutch_James (UK)
www.bloodandmud.com
www.greenandgoldrugby.com (Australia)
www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/johnbeattie/john_beattie
http://totalflanker.blogspot.com
www.ougrote.com (South African)

6. Facebook action
There’s plenty going on in the Facebook world for rugby also.
The offical RWC site’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/rugbyworldcup
World Rugby Shop’s Videos: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=vb.6328663662&type=2
A page for the fans: www.facebook.com/pages/RUGBY-WORLD-CUP-2011/113798141969496

7. The press
This is really a case of who won’t be following the rugby but in case you aren’t too clued in here’s a few to look out for with dedicated pages to the 2011 Rugby World Cup:
NZ – www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby-world-cup-2011/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=522
Australia – www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/rugby-world-cup
UK – www.guardian.co.uk/sport/rugbyworldcup2011
Fox Sports – www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/rugby-world-cup-2011

8. The merchandise
If you want to get full decked out in the right gear for this year’s event consider some of these links:
www.canterburyshop.com.au/RWC_2011.htm
www.worldrugbyshop.com
www.rwcshop.com
www.allblackshop.com

9. New Zealand tourism
Fancy spending a bit more time sightseeing in NZ as well as seeing the rugby? Here’s some links to pan out your holiday and get you in the mood for adventure:
Us of course – www.vipbackpackers.com
Official tourism website – www.newzealand.com
Fantastic 100% pure NZ You Tube video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sEZ-wdFegU
AJ Hackett bungy – www.ajhackett.com
Queenstown tourism – www.queenstown-nz.co.nz
Auckland tourism – www.aucklandnz.com
Department of Conservation – www.doc.govt.nz

10. New Zealand events
There’s plenty happening in NZ during the RWC. Here’s some links to help plan your holiday with stuff going on in Kiwi land:
www.realnzfestival.com
www.eventfinder.co.nz

ENJOY!!

Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

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