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Which rugby world cup semi finalist are you?

With all the comedy referee photos and falling asleep on the couch, it can be hard to keep track of which team you support at this rugby world cup. Luckily, there's only four teams left, and even more luckily, Sport Review newsletter has put together this handy guide to help you remember.

It's game day so you're most likely:
A - Glued to talkback looking for reasons to get angry
B - Singing
C - On the phone to see why your hamper hasn't shown up
D - Queuing at the butchers'

What are you wearing?
A - 2019 jersey and dress trackies
B - Shell suit and elaborate hat in the shape of a flower or vegetable 
C - Tweed and the knowledge only the truly rich can afford to dress this way
D - 1995 jersey and shorts

If you win this weekend you'll:
A - Suffer from massive insomnia worrying about the bench selection for the final 
B - Be in the pharmacy first thing Monday about your lost voice
C - Ring your lawyer to see if you can't get some of their chaps suspended
D - Go into the car park and set things on fire

But if you lose you'll:
A - Sob ruefully into your 2011 commemorative Weetbix tin
B - End up back in the village after an epic bender with no idea how you got there
C - Initiate backroom maneuvering to get the coach, captain and hospitality area manager sacked
D - Go into the car park and set things on fire

Mostly A's: You are from New Zealand. Congrats on winning the last two, but be aware the scars of losing for all those years are only just below the surface.
Mostly B's: You are from Wales. You're loved all over the rugby world but no-one takes you seriously. 
Mostly C's: You are England. You invented a great game but you're not very good at it.
Mostly D's: You are South Africa. At least you can still beat Australia hey. 
Thanks for reading - Richard
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The week's best NZ sport content

Dylan Cleaver on the New Zealand v England rivalry - despite all the animosity, perhaps we've more in common than we think [NZ Herald]

A review of Gary Stead's first year in charge of the BLACKCAPS, with an interview with the man himself. Succession planning is one of the hardest things to pull off, but you'd have to say NZC has done brilliantly here []

Suzanne McFadden on Maria Folau performing at her very best in the twilight of her career, and the problems the Silver Ferns face replacing her [Locker Room]

The Ladies who Legspin podcast talks to Wellington's Amelia Kerr, who's lighting up the Women's Big Bash in Australia like we always knew she would [Apple podcasts]

Daniel McHardy's interview series with world cup-winning captains reaches Richie McCaw, talking 2011 and all the pressure the team was under [Radio Sport]

Video nasty

You can't beat Norwich at Christmas time.

Long read

What happens when fans define what a club stand for more effectively than the club itself? The story of US Major League Soccer club Portland Timers and how the fans stood up for what they believed was right [The Ringer]


Two tremendously exciting trailers this week -

Selected weekend fixtures 

  • Those rugby world cup semis - it's us v England at 9pm Saturday night, and South Africa v Wales at 10pm Sunday, bring it on! They're on Spark Sport
  • The NBA is back! Loads on, check the schedule, this is on NBA League Pass and Spark Sport
  • Mitre 10 cup - Championship Final is BOP v Hawkes Bay on Friday at 7.3opm, and Tasman and Wellington will play the Premiership Final at 6.05pm on Saturday night, it's on SKY
  • The Constellation Cup final is at 3pm on Sunday from Perth, it's on SKY

Bring back the gif 

Thinking that Wayne Barnes may have refereed his last match at the world cup.
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