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Rugby World Cup highlights north-south divide

 Australia rugby team player Will Genia, front, is chased by captain James Horwill , center, during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wedn...
 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...
 Australia rugby team coach Robbie Deans directs players during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Australia will...
 England rugby team coach Martin Johnson, left, stands with the Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker on the pitch of the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New ...
 South African rugby players from left, Heinrich Brussow, Fourie du Preez, Francois Hougaard, Chiliboy Ralepelle train in Wellington, New Zealand, Wed...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup Australia

Australia rugby team player Will Genia, front, is chased by captain James Horwill , center, during the team's training in Auckland, New Zealand, Wedn...

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 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 England

England rugby team coach Martin Johnson, left, stands with the Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker on the pitch of the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New ...

New Zealand WCup Rugby World Cup South Africa

South African rugby players from left, Heinrich Brussow, Fourie du Preez, Francois Hougaard, Chiliboy Ralepelle train in Wellington, New Zealand, Wed...

Rugby World Cups often emphasize that the world, like the game, has two halves.
The rivalry within rugby between teams from the northern and southern hemispheres, which has simmered for more than a century, catches fire every four years and leads to some of the world tournament's most intense matches.
A perception exists that teams from the southern hemisphere have dominated World Cups, claiming five of the six to date. In fact, only one of the six previous tournaments has produced an all-southern final, when South Africa met New Zealand in 1995.
But the tournament often serves to underline that the hemispheric foes play the game differently and perceive the rugby world in different ways.


Updated : 2021-07-28 02:03 GMT+08:00