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From the touchline
« on: September 06, 2007, 08:21:22 AM »

From the touchline
(Rugby News Service) Wednesday 5 September 2007
By Delphine Girard

  Neemia Tialata shows off his tattoos
PARIS, 5 September - Warm croissants, black shoes and tattoos - just some of the interesting items on today's menu.

Scotland's weighty concerns
No fried food, pastries or croissants - that's the firm message the Scottish team has sent to its accommodation in its detailed list of dietary requirements. But that will be easier said than done, especially when there is a boulangerie and patisserie just across the road from the team hotel, with its delicious smells of fresh pains au chocolat, mille-feuilles and all manner of other tempting goodies wafting across the way.

Wanted: One pair of black shoes
A Portugal player, who has asked to remain nameless, is on the hunt for a pair of black dress shoes. The shoes are a requirement for the team's formal uniform and unfortunately he brought the wrong colour.

Tialata pretty as a picture
New Zealand prop Neemia Tialata told of his fondness for tattoos at a press conference in Marseille on Monday - and revealed he was looking to get another one during RWC 2007. He said he will be seeking a tattoo parlour in Edinburgh when the All Blacks have a few days off after the match against Scotland on 23 September. He will probably be joined by teammate, forward Sione Lauaki, who he said came up with the idea.

Collins on the catwalk
When New Zealand forward Jerry Collins was asked by a journalist why he was wearing a bright orange flowing sarong to the press conference in Marseille on Monday, he replied: "These are perfect for the sun. It's better than wearing jeans (pointing to a journalist wearing jeans). There's nothing underneath."

Chisholm's bulging pride
Australian forward Mark Chisolm was put on the spot at the end of a news conference in Montpellier on Tuesday when he was asked by a reporter if it was true he measured his biceps. "Consistently," he replied, to widespread laughter, before shaking his head and saying, "Nah, mate ... crazy. Anything else?"

Hair-raising trip to hospital
It was bad news for the Samoan team on Monday when centre Anitele'a Tuilagi was taken to hospital with a wrist injury, but there was an upside - the doctor treating him advised his brothers Henry and Alesana where they could get their distinctive dreadlocks re-braided. After all, they want to look their best before they play their first pool match against South Africa in Paris on Sunday.

Nantes gets a makeover
Rugby goalposts are soaring high over the FC Nantes football pitch at Stade de la Beaujoire. They have been erected ahead of Sunday's Pool B match between Wales and Canada in the 38,000-capacity venue, home of the League 2 football team who won France's premier football championship in 1995. Rugby was first played internationally at the ground in 1986, two years after it opened, when the Tricolores defeated the All Blacks 16-3. It will host two other RWC 2007 matches - England v Samoa on 22 September, and Wales v Fiji on 29 September.
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