Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rugby World Cup 2011

France has issued a set of stamps to celebrate the 2011 Rugby World Cup to be held in November in New Zealand. Two stamps in the upper half of the mini sheet picture scenes from a rugby game; a player extracting the ball from a scrum and a player making a pass. The two other stamps picture scenes from New Zealand. However, it would have been helpful if the printers had atleast named the scenes. A search on the internet was necessary to find out that the stamp on the left was of Auckland . The stamp on the right features a view from Arthur's Pass National Park. This is a national park located on the south island which was founded in 1929. The border of the sheet pictures the logo of the Rugby World Cup 2011. In fact this is the same logo for each world cups, only the year changes. One can also see the flags of the twenty countries participating to the final part of the competition: South Africa, England, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Scotland, USA, Fiji, France, Wales, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Namibia, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Samoa and Tonga. Russia has qualified for this last stage of the competition for the first time.

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