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New Zealanders get ready to host rugby world cup
By NICK PERRY
Associated Press
2011-09-02 02:37 PM
Ox and his mates are hitting the road to watch their beloved All Blacks play in the Rugby World Cup, making a trip they've been working on for months.

Shortages of hotel accommodation and reports of high prices for anything still vacant hasn't bothered Ox, Horny, Snapper or Cookie, either, because they're traveling in a $3,000 delivery truck they've converted into a makeshift motorhome.

In many ways, the four blokes, all in their 50s, represent the spirit of rugby in New Zealand. In this isolated nation of 4 million people, rugby has been the most important game for more than a century. It has become entwined with the attributes New Zealanders most value in each other _ loyalty, brotherhood, ingenuity and humility.

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