Canada are one of the stalwarts of World Cup rugby, being one of only three countries outside the Six Nations and The Rugby Championship powerhouses to feature in every tournament (alongside Japan and Romania) and have consistently proven themselves as one of the second tier's most combative of opponents.
There was no way I was missing this world cup! Even if it meant bankruptcy, which luckily it didn't, I would be there. I've always wanted to go to New Zealand and having a huge love for rugby I saw it as a perfect opportunity to do both.
The New Zealand All Blacks go into Sunday's Rugby World Cup 2011 final as hot favourites following an impressive performance which has seen them win five games in a row including a pool match victory over France earlier in the tournament.
Well, I guess that's it. I'm no longer writing my blog in a luxurious plane seat bound for a foreign country, nor am I writing you from a hotel room with 2 bedrooms, a living room and water front views.