Free of Duty at last as Rugby World Cup final beckons – in Cannes

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

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What a final it will be. The strength and all round talents of African Pride Wines of South Africa versus the surprise package of the tournament, Scorpio Distributors of England.

Yes the Rugby World Cup comes to a thrilling conclusion in France on Saturday night and the Final has attracted a sell-out audience.

No, we’re not talking the actual game in Paris but the Cannes showing of the event on wide-screen TV. 

In the run-up to this great sporting tournament, ten travel retail companies and executives sponsored ten teams for the Grand Final showing at an invitation-only Cannes location. They were:

African Pride Wines – South Africa

Scorpio Distributors – England

The Famous Grouse – Scotland

Paton’s – Australia

Premier Portfolio – Wales

Aer Rianta International-Middle East – Ireland

Peller Estates Icewine – Canada

Remy-Cointreau – France

The Moodie Report – The All Blacks (New Zealand)

John Kammerman (of Imperial Tobacco) – USA

Regular readers of The Moodie BLOG will know what a nasty shock Remy-Cointreau had in store for The Moodie Report in the quarter-finals and how the aging ‘dad’s army’ at Scorpio first scored sweet success against the Paton’s team from down under before showing too much spirit for Remy-Cointreau in the semis.

Meanwhile African Pride Wines marched on serenely, in what is shaping up to be a great 2007 vintage.

Can Scorpio, aka England, sour the South African  taste for success? Or will the Boks have too much spring for the veteran English team?

In Cannes (the venue is sold out so we cannot publish the details) the sponsors and their supporters will cheer the roof off and provide a suitably multi-national flavour and colour to the evening as, in true travel retail style, every guest on the evening will wear their national colours.

Will it be white for England and for Scorpio? Or green for the Springboks and South Africa? Whatever the result, it promises to be yet another great night in travel retail history.

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