Tag: Zilia Zara-Papp

Stars Back To Work In Japan: Clever, Fourie, Holani, Ives, Smith, du Preez, Rossouw

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Zilia Zara-Papp is from Hungary but lives in Tokyo and covers rugby. She’s our rugby spy! TOKYO, JAPAN – Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was back to business after a month-long postponement of the season due to the Rugby World Cup. Japan’s 9th Top League season kicked-off in Tokyo; Shizuoka and Osaka on Saturday with […]

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New Zealand Overcomes A Proud France, Wins RWC

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AUCKLAND, NZ – The All Blacks broke a 24-year-old spell on Sunday night, beating France 8-7 in the Rugby World Cup Final in full capacity Eden Park in front of a 61,079 strong audience. France showed early on that they meant business this time, forming a threatening V shape opposing the All Blacks haka before […]

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Thoughts of Fallen Brazil Rugby Eduardo Guedes Pinto Turn To France

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by Rouget Maia (Reporter for ESPN Brazil, Rouget played 17 years for the Brazilian National Rugby Team) [Additional reporting Zilia Zara-Papp] AUCKLAND, NZ – Playing rugby is overcoming challenges. The challenge that France is facing is enormous: the best team favored to win the World Cup playing at home with the support of the fans. […]

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Rugby Spy: HAKA & HISTORY Key To All Blacks’ Rugby Dominance

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“The silver fern is the perfect symbol to represent a New Zealand rugby team – as one frond withers and dies, another takes its place.” – Thomas Rangiwahia Ellison AUCKLAND: NZ – The All Blacks have a strong connection with New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people. Without it, the world-class rugby side wouldn’t be the same. Without it, […]

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Apple Cart Upended. FRANCE & WALES WIN At Rugby World Cup

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  AUCKLAND – France was predictably unpredictable at its quarterfinal match played against England at Eden Park in front of 49,105 fans on October 8 at the Rugby World Cup, winning 19-12 after a spectacular first half performance that made Les Bleus lead 16-0 at halftime. “I thought when we had the ball we looked […]

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PUMAS BEAT SCOTLAND, ZARA-PAPP REPORTS

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by Zilia Zara-Papp WELLINGTON, NZ – Pool B’s match of survival played down in torrential rain conditions between Scotland and Argentina, after Scotland had two wins under its belt from minnows Romania and Georgia. Meanwhile Argentina received the kiss of death from England, figuratively, and Argentinean hooker Mario Ledesma even literally from English colleague Steve […]

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