Skean dhus ban  

TRADITION-minded Scottish fans have been reminded that if they are planning to wear national regalia to games they must leave their skean dhus behind. 

The dagger, tucked into a woolly sock, is an important part of the kilted emsemble, but runs contrary to security restrictions at stadia. 

Some 500 Scots donned the colours for the opening game against Japan and after a reminder was sent round hotels only a handful turned up with their skean dhus in situ. They were duly confiscated, but the fans were able to get them back after the game.  

Pie update  

MORE on what is inside the World Cup national team pies being produced by a gourmet pie company in Sydney: New Zealand – a lamb and mint sauce; Scotland – a haggis pie minus the sheep’s stomach! Fresh minced lamb with ginger, nutmeg, other herbs and spices, rolled oats and fresh egg; Italy – beef bolognaise, a little pasta and topped with cheese: Wales – chicken and leek with a creamy sauce. 

Cherry Blossom  

JAPAN have adopted a four-year-old local girl as a temporary mascot for their game against France. 

Named Cherry Blossom, her parents presented her to the team in training for the game and they were delighted to take her on board. 

Japan’s un-rugby like nickname is the Cherry Blossoms taken from the country’s adoration of the Spring-flowering trees. 

Washday blues 

TOWNSVILLE laundromat owners Robyn and Dennis Kinnane have taken on the mighty task of washing kits for the four teams – France, Scotland, Japan and Fiji. 

They have already done 400 loads of washing at a rate of 48 loads a day. They were among the first to contact organisers to offer their services, but the sheer size of the task has proved to be a surprise. 

“I didn’t expect so much washing,” Robyn said. – AF 

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