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All Blacks triumphant after winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup (pic: New Zealand Herald)

All Blacks triumphant after winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup (pic: New Zealand Herald)

2015 has been a great year for sport and world cups.

At the beginning of the year New Zealand hosted the Cricket World Cup. There were great cricketing moments from the Black Caps, like Martin Guptill’s double century over the West Indies, or the touching photo of Grant Elliott helping South African Dale Steyn up after the Black Caps’ win to make the finals. Although we lost to our sport nemesis, Australia, in our first cricket final, it will never be as bad as the unforgotten underarm bowling incident.

New Zealand also hosted the FIFA Under-20s World Cup in May.  This is FIFA’s second-largest competition for males. Our under-20 team managed to make the knock-out stages for the first time, but the ultimate champions were Serbia. Football in New Zealand has slowly gained more recognition thanks to the All Whites, the Phoenix and the growing number of New Zealanders playing football internationally.

In August, Australia hosted the Netball World Cup. As usual, it was a Silver Ferns-versus-Diamonds final, and (unlike 2003) the Silver Ferns couldn’t pull it off.

Mid-September saw the start of the Rugby World Cup. The opening of course featured Rugby School and William Webb Ellis.  The All Blacks are the defending champions, with no team ever yet winning two cups back-to-back. Let’s hope it doesn’t end up like 2007.

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