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Countdown to kickoff: New Zealand ready for WCup

 England rugby team coach Martin Johnson, centre. greets members of the public outside the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept.,...
 New Zealand All Black captain Richie McCaw runs during training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Blacks will play Tonga in...
 Argentina rugby players Alejandro Campos, left, and Rodrigo Roncero walk along  the boardwalk at St Clair Beach in Dunedin, New Zealand, Wednesday, S...
 France's rugby team players, from left, Thierry Dusautoir, Fabrice Estebanez, William Servat, Louis Picamoles and Alexis Palisson tour Auckland harbo...
 Wales rugby player Luke Charteris looks on as they arrive for their training in Porirua, New Zealand, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2011. Wales will play their ...
 New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams passes the ball during a training session in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Bl...
 Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton, right, looks on during their training  in Porirua, New Zealand, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2011. Wales will play their ope...
 Australia rugby team player Quade Cooper gestures during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Australia will play ...
 Australia rugby team coach Robbie Deans directs players during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Australia will...
 New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry arrives for training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Blacks will play Tonga in ...
 The New Zealand flag flies as a workman operates a mobile crane at the site of a demolished building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, as the cle...
 New Zealand rugby player Ali Williams passes the ball during training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Blacks will play To...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup England

England rugby team coach Martin Johnson, centre. greets members of the public outside the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept.,...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Black captain Richie McCaw runs during training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Blacks will play Tonga in...

New Zealand Rugby WCUP Argentina

Argentina rugby players Alejandro Campos, left, and Rodrigo Roncero walk along the boardwalk at St Clair Beach in Dunedin, New Zealand, Wednesday, S...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France

France's rugby team players, from left, Thierry Dusautoir, Fabrice Estebanez, William Servat, Louis Picamoles and Alexis Palisson tour Auckland harbo...

New Zealand WCup Rugby World Cup Wales

Wales rugby player Luke Charteris looks on as they arrive for their training in Porirua, New Zealand, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2011. Wales will play their ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams passes the ball during a training session in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Bl...

New Zealand WCup Rugby World Cup Wales

Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton, right, looks on during their training in Porirua, New Zealand, Wednesday Sept. 7, 2011. Wales will play their ope...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup Australia

Australia rugby team player Quade Cooper gestures during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Australia will play ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup Australia

Australia rugby team coach Robbie Deans directs players during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Australia will...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry arrives for training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Blacks will play Tonga in ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup England

The New Zealand flag flies as a workman operates a mobile crane at the site of a demolished building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, as the cle...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

New Zealand rugby player Ali Williams passes the ball during training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The All Blacks will play To...

The Rugby World Cup is destined to start with a loud, angry and physical confrontation, even before kickoff when New Zealand opens against Tonga.
The Tongans won a toss of the coin which allows them to start their Sipi Tau _ or cultural challenge, as the International Rugby Board describes it _ on Friday night before the All Blacks start their world-famous haka at Auckland's Eden Park.
But as tournament director Kit McConnell revealed Wednesday, the rival war dances could be almost simultaneous.
Tonga "will go first. It's up to the All Blacks to determine when and how they respond to that," McConnell said. "It's not up to us to tell the teams how they choose to perform their challenge."


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:31 GMT+08:00