Friday evening sees the current defending world champions New Zealand take on Tonga. With New Zealand already securing the top place in pool C will they relax too much and allow Tonga in to create a massive upset or will they put in a performance to send shudders through the other teams making it through to the knock-out stages.
On Saturday afternoon another Scottish invasion is expected as their supporters come South to cheer them on to the knock out stages. If however they slip up against a very capable and physical Samoa team, it would leave Japan with the almost unpredictable opportunity to make the knock out stages. Whoever gets through will face the winners of the Australia vs Wales game.
The mighty All Blacks rugby base for most of their time in the North East was Darlington Mowden Park’s Northern Echo Arena. On Thursday they had an open session at the stadium where a number of them provided coaching sessions for a number of local boys and girls. The All Blacks were stunned at seeing 4000 people there to watch, a number that could easily have been doubled but for the restrictions that had to be imposed. It will no doubt leave a lasting impression in the memories of both the those young aspiring rugby players and All Black’s.