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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 October, 2003, 14:04 GMT
Keeping up with Australia's Jones'

By Jim Stokes
BBC Sport, Sydney

The Sydney press is going great guns on the Dan Luger incident.

So much so that they are convinced "arrogant England" should be severely punished for showing the contempt.

It has been even suggested they should be stripped of the points. Stir crazy that one.

Of course, Eddie Jones was quick off the mark as usual, never one to miss an opportunity to have a pop at opponents.

Poor Dan Luger. He was only told, or should I say, shoved onto the field by one of the England assistant coaches.

Maybe it should be him getting it in the neck.

It is believed that Wasps hooker Trevor Leota offered his services to help Samoa against South Africa in the crucial Pool C match in Brisbane on Saturday.

But it came as no surprise his request had not been discussed by management.

Leota pulled out of the Samoan World Cup squad because of "club duties".

Assistant manager Michael Jones, the former All Black great, said he would not vote for him to return, and the Samoan management would be of one mind on the matter. I wonder why?

The Welsh have started to drift into Sydney in their droves ready to pray for the boyos on Sunday when they tackle New Zealand at the Telstra Stadium.

Welsh fans in Sydney
The boys in red are awaiting their side's big clash against NZ
It is the very last play-off game as teams will then prepare for the opening knock-out game on 8 November.

Heading the cavalry was First Minister of the Welsh Assembly, Rhodri Morgan.

Not surprisingly for a rugby nut, the Minister is on a promotion tour to tempt the businesses and tourists to the Principality as well as taking in the World Cup.

He is hoping to collar people with Welsh surnames in the hope of tempting them 'home' to discover their roots. Apparently, Eddie Jones hasn't been contactable for days.

There wasn't much rugby to be seen in the Blue Mountains, but I thought it worthwhile to take in a scenic front-row - the three sisters.

While Sydney was covered in cloud, I was fortunate to have crystal-clear conditions to take in the breath-taking panoramic sights that was before me from the viewing gallery just outside Katoomba.

It proved a real treat before heading back to Aussie Stadium to watch Uruguay enjoy only their second-ever World Cup victory when they nudged out Georgia.

A crowd of over 28,000 watching a couple of global lightweights is a wonderful example of how Australia have organised this competition.

Like Georgia, Uruguay have had the backing of the locals. So much so, their new mascot is a blue koala bear.

They are so proud of their new partner that after sealing the 24-12 win, skipper Diego Aguirre ran over to the crowd waving 'Matey', as they call him, to all and sundry.

Ireland's David Wallace is making a habit of rushing out to cover for injured parties in Melbourne.

He has just arrived to join up with Ireland in preparation for the game against Australia on Saturday after flanker Alan Quinlan dislocated his shoulder.

Two years ago, he did a similar about turn when he was supposed to board a plane to Spala in Poland for training with the Irish side.

Instead, he headed off to join the Lions and subsequently earned his spurs.

'Have passport, will travel' is the Munsterman's motto.

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