This is Noriko, of  George and Noriko  fame, at Coastella 2018 who, well best to let them tell you: George and Noriko break all the rules. The duo brings something unique, something unexpected. Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, they have been kicking up a storm wherever they play.  George’s lightning fast blues licks & growling harmonica enhanced by Noriko’s percussive of the traditional Shamisen (Japanese banjo) has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues with a Japanese twist. It's quite something - go listen to their music, it's pretty bloody kick ass.

RWC: Oirish profiled, Aussie ex-coach sells soul,


Dropkicks have a gander at the Irish as O'Driscoll insists the All Blacks are vulnerable, which is like saying that Brazil don't always win the World Cup but we don't really know how to stop them doing it.

Eddie Jones becomes a South African ... expect the customs people to ease his passage through, *ahem*

Wales unveil their 30 man squad tonight (NZ time) - the weight of a disillusioned nation upon them - ach, enjoy the competition boys as you've nothing to lose.

One more the NZ Herald "Kiwi's to win by ..." series, Doug Bruce: New Zealand versus France / New Zealand to win 20-15

And finally, there's gonna be some sort of shindig in Paris for All Black supporters, but I get the impression from the blurb it's really aimed at the corporate/rich buggers namely those that can afford to go to the World Cup in the first place:
The "All Blacks Club" event is designed for all followers and supporters of the All Blacks to have the chance to enjoy a wonderful evening of New Zealand & French hospitality and entertainment in Paris ahead of a huge weekend of rugby. It will be a high quality event in a fully themed environment with an array of entertainment including MC, guest speakers, live music and cultural performers. This will be a wonderful opportunity to mix with and meet other All Blacks supporters, some travelling on tours from New Zealand, others who are Kiwi ex-pats and New Zealanders living in UK/Europe, together with others again who simply follow and support the All Blacks.