Rugby WC: War and games

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Australia rugby team player Saia Faingaa, right, recieves a "hongi", a traditional Maori greeting at the official team welcome for the Rugby World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. Australia will play their opening game of Rugby World Cup against Italy.

Australia rugby team player Saia Faingaa, right, recieves a "hongi", a traditional Maori greeting at the official team welcome for the Rugby World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. Australia will play their opening game of Rugby World Cup against Italy.

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A performer dances and mimes a song before the Australian Wallabies rugby union team arrive for their welcoming ceremony in Auckland.

A performer dances and mimes a song before the Australian Wallabies rugby union team arrive for their welcoming ceremony in Auckland.

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Richie Gray is a Scottish international rugby union player currently playing for Glasgow Warriors. His position is lock.

Richie Gray is a Scottish international rugby union player currently playing for Glasgow Warriors. His position is lock.

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Quade Cooper is an Australian rugby union player for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition. His position is Fly-half, Inside centre.

Quade Cooper is an Australian rugby union player for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition. His position is Fly-half, Inside centre.

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Fourie du Preez. Du Preez is widely seen as the best scrum half in the world. He plays for South Africa.

Fourie du Preez. Du Preez is widely seen as the best scrum half in the world. He plays for South Africa.

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A performer dances and mimes a song before the Australian Wallabies rugby union team arrive for their welcoming ceremony in Auckland.

A performer dances and mimes a song before the Australian Wallabies rugby union team arrive for their welcoming ceremony in Auckland.

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Australian fans await the arrival of the Wallabies during the teams welcoming ceremony in Auckland. The 2011 World Cup in New Zealand will take place from September 9 to October 23.

Australian fans await the arrival of the Wallabies during the teams welcoming ceremony in Auckland. The 2011 World Cup in New Zealand will take place from September 9 to October 23.

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Bryan Habana is a South African rugby union player who plays as a wing,2007 IRB Player of the Year.

Bryan Habana is a South African rugby union player who plays as a wing,2007 IRB Player of the Year.

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The Wallabies team including captain James Horwill (C) attend a full Powhiri, a traditional Maori ceremony, during the Australian teams welcoming ceremony in Auckland.

The Wallabies team including captain James Horwill (C) attend a full Powhiri, a traditional Maori ceremony, during the Australian teams welcoming ceremony in Auckland.

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A performer reacts during a full Powhiri, a traditional Maori ceremony for welcoming visitors, as they await the arrival of the Wallabies rugby union team in Auckland.

A performer reacts during a full Powhiri, a traditional Maori ceremony for welcoming visitors, as they await the arrival of the Wallabies rugby union team in Auckland.

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England's captain Lewis Moody attends the official welcome ceremony for the Rugby World Cup at Dunedin City Hall September.

England's captain Lewis Moody attends the official welcome ceremony for the Rugby World Cup at Dunedin City Hall September.

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Top ten players you should watch out for this Rugby World Cup

Top ten players you should watch out for this Rugby World Cup

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Shane Williams is a Welsh international rugby union player who plays as a wing for the Ospreys and who can also play scrum-half.2008 IRB Player of the Year

Shane Williams is a Welsh international rugby union player who plays as a wing for the Ospreys and who can also play scrum-half.2008 IRB Player of the Year

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Brian O'Driscoll is an Irish professional rugby union player. He is the current captain of the Ireland Rugby team. O'Driscoll was chosen as Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 RBS Six Nations Championships.

Brian O'Driscoll is an Irish professional rugby union player. He is the current captain of the Ireland Rugby team. O'Driscoll was chosen as Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 RBS Six Nations Championships.

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James Hook is a Fly-half, centre, fullback Welsh rugby union player for USA Perpignan. Hook is widely regarded as one of the most talented young players in world rugby.

James Hook is a Fly-half, centre, fullback Welsh rugby union player for USA Perpignan. Hook is widely regarded as one of the most talented young players in world rugby.

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Victor Matfield is a South African rugby player and is generally considered one of the best locks in the world.

Victor Matfield is a South African rugby player and is generally considered one of the best locks in the world.

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Sergio Parisse is an Italian Argentine rugby union rugby player. He was the first Italian rugby union player to be nominated for the IRB International player of the year.

Sergio Parisse is an Italian Argentine rugby union rugby player. He was the first Italian rugby union player to be nominated for the IRB International player of the year.

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Jamie Heaslip is a Leinster & Irish rugby union player. Heaslip was nominated for the IRB Under-21 World Player of the Year award.

Jamie Heaslip is a Leinster & Irish rugby union player. Heaslip was nominated for the IRB Under-21 World Player of the Year award.

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Australia captain James Horwill (C) watches a local Ngati Whatua warrior at a welcome ceremony for the Australia Rugby World Cup team in Auckland.

Australia captain James Horwill (C) watches a local Ngati Whatua warrior at a welcome ceremony for the Australia Rugby World Cup team in Auckland.

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