Crouch, touch, pause and engage - good spots to watch the final

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 October, 2011, 12:00am


Hong Kong Football Club Sports Hall, Happy Valley
Full lunch buffet
Free-flowing Guinness, Carlsberg, wines and soft drinks

This promises to be a riotous event with several former test players attending. Former All Black Rico Gear is flying in from Japan especially for the event. He might say: 'It's a Q and A, aye? Why is Mike Teague, known as 'Iron Mike'? Why did he engage in the practice of Mad Dogging to keep his place in the England team? What did Teague make of Wallaby prop Tony Daly when they were opponents?' He and Daly haven't seen each other since 1991 so this week's reunion in Hong Kong has taken the memories out of the mothballs. 'When Daly says of World Cup history, 'England always knock out Australia, Australia always knock out South Africa, France knock out New Zealand', does he think that France will win today?

'It would be a national disaster if New Zealand don't win. Marriages will break up, companies will fold, jobs will be lost, the [New Zealand] dollar will plummet. There is a religion in New Zealand called 'the All Blacks', says Daly. Would Richie McCaw have received the same red card as Warburton? What are the coaching goals of Chester Williams? And what is his take on the 1995 South African World Cup success?

Indian Recreation Club (opposite Hong Kong Stadium)
Purpose-built marquee for the Rugby World Cup Final Long Lunch and Beerfest
Individual places HK$650, table for 12 HK$7,800
Includes two course German style lunches, all beers, wines, live band and live viewing on the big screens. Kid friendly. Call IME on 2973 0116
Charity for the day is Enlighten.

October is not only World Cup month - it's also Oktoberfest. So celebrate it with a German twist (and a pretzel) in an Indian club.

Grappa's Cellar, Jardine House, Central
Altus Kowloon Rugby Football Rugby World Cup Late Lunch
Lunch served 2pm, 4pm kick off
Guest speaker John 'Bentos' Bentley, Lions legend
Tables for 12-14 people
Silver seating HK$600, gold seating HK$800 or call Grappa's on 2521 2322

The Kowloon Rugby Football Club is running a charity viewing of the World Cup final. They did the same thing eight years ago when the tournament was on in Australia and a big turnout is expected.

The Podium, Cyberport, Pok Fu Lam
2pm onwards
Free admission
Sit on the grass and watch the big screen, food is available, kid friendly.

It might not be the famous 'cake tin', but it's the next best thing to it in Hong Kong.

The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce has organised a private function in the green splendour of Cyberport in Pok Fu Lam. The event is being supported by the New Zealand consulate and the New Zealand Society of Hong Kong. Technically speaking, you should have an invitation to attend, but you can e-mail for last-minute bookings.

Frites in Wan Chai and Quarry Bay
Ground floor, Oxford House, 979 Kings Road Island East (entrance from Westland Road). Tel: 2250 5188
Shop 6, First floor, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 877 2422

Enjoy the Rugby World Cup final with a Belgian flavour