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THE WELLINGTONIAN, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
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Stepping up: With injuries to
Kieran Read -- ankle -- and
Adam Thomson -- elbow -- strip-
ping the All Blacks back to just
three fit loose forwards, punters
may be nervous, but Kaino
says he s good to go.
Kaino now becomes the sec-
ond most senior loose forward
behind skipper Richie McCaw,
and he s pumped about that.
Handling pressure is key to winning
By DAVID LONG
England manager Martin John-
son believes the World Cup will be
won by the side that can handle
the pressure the best, on and off
At the team's first media
session since arriving in New Zea-
land last week, Johnson said it
won't be a style of playing the
game that will be successful, but
an attitude in playing.
There is a certain resilience
that will win this World Cup,''
Johnson said. You're going have
to be tough, be able to deal with
the pressure, and the expectation
on New Zealand will be huge.''
Pressure will also be on South
Africa as the defending champion
and Johnson acknowledged Eng-
lish fans' expectations are also a
burden on his side.
World Cups are all about pres-
sure, dealing with it off the field
and obviously on the field. You get
into close games in the last 10
minutes and it's all to play for. I'm
sure there will be a game like
Whoever wins it, I'm sure
they'll have one game where
they're down or level going into
the last quarter of an hour.
Finding a way to win is what
World Cups are about. If you talk
about style, it's a team that can
battle back and find a way to win
a close game in a knockout.''
Johnson was asked about the
relevance of the pre-cup games,
particularly those in the Tri-
Nations and the warm up fixtures
in the northern hemisphere.
He feels that while wins and
losses from those games may be a
talking point now, they'll all be
irrelevant once the World Cup
Ireland haven't won one, we've
won two and lost one.
Will All Blacks' and Wallabies'
wins/losses affect them?
Well if they let it,'' he replies.
I'm sure they're going to be
very competitive despite a couple
Once you get to a World Cup
they're all stand alone games, no
matter what happened last year,
month or week.''
Johnson knows New Zealand
well. His wife is a Kiwi and he
spent time playing here early in
And it's because of his know-
ledge of the country that he's able
to state confidently that New Zea-
land will put on a good tourna-
I think it will be great, when
you have a tournament in one
country, the whole country gets
behind it,'' he said.
Live on TV
Good news for the 13 New Zealanders, one
Australian and an Irishman at Scott Base
in Antarctica -- all 48 matches of Rugby
World Cup 2011 will be available to them
live on TV.
A live encrypted feed will be made
available free of charge to Antarctica for the
first time by Rugby World Cup 2011 rights
holder TVNZ, to ensure that every pass,
tackle and try is available to view.
This year's tournament will be broadcast
in more than 200 territories worldwide,
more than any previous Rugby World Cup
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