Friday, October 28, 2011

France 2011 Bravo et Merci

The French Post issued this stamp with the rubric "Bravo et Merci" or "Bravo & Thank you" in English, on 23 October 2011, the day of the final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Unfortunately, they lost to the "All Blacks" 7-8; however, this stamp is an acknowledgement of the efforts put in by the French team, as were not even expected to have reached the semi-finals.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

NZ 2011 Rugby World Cup Champions!

A day after the All Blacks team came off the pitch having beaten Les Bleus 8-7, thus becomeing the 2011 Rugby World Cup Champion, NZ Post released a special souvenir stamp sheet to celebrate the victory. The sheet features the photo of the victorious team hoisting the Web Ellis Cup captioned by the final score of the game, and on each side of the photo are 3 All Black stamps.
Earlier, before the start of the tournament, NZ Post had also released a special personalised stamp sheet featuring the All Blacks stamps together with photos of the All Blacks in action.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Zealand 2011 3D Web Ellis Cup

NZ Post is releasing on 7 September 2011 a self-adhesive stamp featuring the Web Ellis Cup, the prize of the Rugby World Cup. This special issue will have the trophy in 3D, being produced using Motionstamp HDR 3D technology, making the cup stand out against the stylistic interpretation of the Mangopare (Hammerhead Shark) and the Koru (Fern Shoot) in the background.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

South Africa 2011 Rugby World Cup - The Springboks

The Springboks are to South Africa as the All Blacks are to New Zealand. For the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the South African Post is releasing on 19 August 2011, a sheetlet of 10 stamps featuring the Springboks emblem used since its inception. The first stamp in the sheetlet shows the emblem used from 1906 to 1933, followed by stamps showing the emblem used from 1937 to 1962 and the South African Rugby Board badge used from 1935 to 1972. Other stamps feature the rugby emblems used from 1963 tot 1964 and 1965 to 1989; the South African Rugby Union badge used from 1966 to 1991, the emblem used from 1992 to 1995; 1996 to 2003; 2004 to 2008 and lastly, from 2009 to the present year.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Zealand 2010 A Slice of Heaven

'New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven’, released 6 October 2010, comprises a sheet of 25 x 60c stamps that reflect New Zealand's culture, heritage and various iconic locations. Each stamp shows a distinct snapshot of the country and together the stamps form a unique image that captures a day in the life of New Zealand. Weaving in and out of the landscape, the stamps stumble across rural New Zealand in the form of farms, vineyards, local sports games, holiday spots, Maraes and close-knit communities. And one specific stamp, near the lower right corner of the sheet, features a rugby match in progress.

New Zealand 2011 Kiwi Countdown

This Countdown sheet of 21 stamps is released on 10 August 2011 by the New Zealand Post. Each number in the countdown is represented by a stamp featuring an icon of the Kiwi culture. Signficantly, number 15 is the number of players in a rugby team, and the stamp features a hand holding a white rugby ball against the background that looks like the back of the fullback jersery!

NZ All Blacks at PhilaNippon!

Philanippon 2011 will run from 28 July to 2 August 2011, in the picturesque waterfront city of Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city with a population of over 3,000,000 people.
For the occasion, New Zealand Post has issued a special exhibition miniature sheet incorporating two $1.90 All Blacks stamps as well as a $1.90 silver Round Kiwi stamp - all set against Mount Taranaki in New Zealand’s North Island.

Friday, July 1, 2011

French Andorra 2011 Rugby World Cup

French Andorra will release on 8 July 2011, a single stamp to mark the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The stamp features an oval ball with a unique zebra-like design, but the design actually incorporates a fern leaf, a national symbol of New Zealand, and the All Blacks.

France 2011 Rugby World Cup

France will release on 6 July 2011 a souvenir sheet to commemorate its participation in the 7th Rugby World Cup that will take place in New Zealand. The souvenir sheet contains 4 stamps, 2 with members of the french national rugby team, and another two feature New Zealand scenes, one featuring the Auckland skyline, the other showing a view of the Authur's Pass National Park located on the southern island. The stamps are surrounded by the flags of the participating nations in this World Cup.
A silver foil stamp with a face value of 5 € will be released 2 days later, on 8 July, for this event. This is the second silver foil stamp, the first being issued in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This silver foil stamp is packed in a plastic bag, and is best left as it is, because the silver foil will oxidised, giving a blackish surface as time passes.

Mozambique 2010 Rugby Players

A Mozambique set released 31 March 2010 contains 2 souvenir sheets on rugby players. The first sheet contains 6 stamps featuring Richie McCaw, Matt Giteau, Sergio Parisse, Bryan Habana, Victor Matfield, and Juan Smith. The second sheet has a single stamp feature Shane Williams.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Great Britain 2011 Wheelchair Rugby

Great Britain is issuing 10 stamps on 27 July 2011 as a precommemoration of the Paralympic Games 2012; among the 10 stamps is one featuring 2 persons on wheelchairs fighting for a ball, captioned as "Wheelchair Rugby". The fact that it is a contact sport, and its name are all this sport has in common with rugby union! And it is played with a round ball, as shown on the stamp! Description for it does sound pretty violent, and according to an entry in Wikipedia, its original name is murderball! Suffice to say it is a contact sport played by disabled people on wheelchair on a hardwood court with 4 wheelchairs to a side.

RWC 2011 20 Unions Stamp Sheet

NZ Post has released a personalised collector's sheet with stamp labels featuring the logos of the 20 participating unions for Rugby World Cup 2011. From left to right, in each of the 4 rows, the logos are for unions of the nations:
Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji
France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan
Namibia, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Samoa
Scotland, South Africa, Tonga, USA, Wales.