ORIGINAL: Ian R
It will be fun watching this as a neutral. Whilst drinking beer.
As an Aussie who do you hate more? Isn't this one of those fixtures where the only acceptable outcome is for both to lose?
Hate is too strong a word for sports rivalries between allies.
I would prefer to see the All Blacks win. I think Its just my SoPac bias!
Wales v South Africa I have no real preference.
Maybe Wales as it would be good to see them progress further than England!
I think there is a place for hatred in sport - so long as its kept to the playing field and then all forgotten over a pint afterwards
To paraphrase Winston, if the Devils XI were playing Arsenal Football Club, I'd be giving strong support to Beelzebub....
As for Rugby, for me, there is probably no other sport in the world that provokes such intense feeling against the opposition. Losing to the French is a kick in the guts, losing to the Irish, Scottish or Welsh is just as bad, no one likes losing to the Australians or the South Africans, and losing to Italy, Argentina etc is just unthinkable.
The only other country I really like in world rugby is New Zealand - but then I have a massive soft spot for that country anyway. Still going to hurt like hell to lose today though....
As for the other semi, there is only one country to support and that's the home country, Wales. I know the Celts don't always feel the same way about England, but that's okay, each to their own, I put my British hat on and will 99% of the time support the home countries against a.n.other (and for the avoidance of doubt that IS NOT the same as a win for England).
If it can't be England then a Wales v New Zealand final would be good as I wouldn't be that upset whoever won.
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