Rugby World Cup - Brilliance amidst the mundane

•    South Africa deserved to win but Argentina was the team of the tournament
•    The player of the tournament was Juan Martín Hernández, the Argentinean fly-half. But Bryan Habana was the most thrilling player to watch
•    Overall, disappointing rugby in the later stages but scintillating rugby from many of the “minnows”
•    Ireland the most disappointing team of the competition

By Brent Pope

Rate My School

A league table of 400 secondary schools was published recently which lists schools based on the percentage of sixth formers attend university. The study reveals a clear bias in favour of private fee-paying schools. Of the 54 fee-paying schools listed in the table, 34 are in the 70 highest listed schools. Nine of the 10 highest listed boys schools and five of the 10 highest listed girls schools are fee-paying.

Website Flips and Flops

Mobile heavyweight Vodafone Ireland with its massive financial clout really has no excuse for the poor redesign of its popular website. Far be it from Village to complain about getting free stuff, but vodafone.ie, complete with free mobile texts, is simply too slow. There seems to be a problem with heavy traffic - it takes more than 30 seconds (we stopped counting) for the homepage to load during the day but this seems to be alleviated in the evening when traffic would be lower.

Players of the Rugby World Cup

Brent Pope selects his player of the tournament for each Rugby World Cup since 1987, and the single player who will determine the winners  of  the 2007 World Cup. 

Ranking World Rugby

World Rankings show a team's form relative to its international rivals as it enters the World Cup and is an indication of how far a team will likely progress. The system behind the rankings is explained below.

Media Junkie John Horgan Press Ombudsman

Favourite book:
The Bank Manager and the Holy Grail, by Byron Rogers. Part history, part politics, part gonzo journalism, this is an exploration of Wales, past and present, that defies description, but is a must-read.

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