Watching rugby semi-finals may be a problem 

Bars have to close just as games start

After a month of rugby, the world’s third largest sporting event is down to the final four, but due to Whistler’s bylaws there is a strong possibility no one in Whistler is going to be able to watch the remaining games live in a public place.

The final four games of the Rugby World Cup are all scheduled to be played at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium at 1 a.m. Whistler time (8 p.m. Sydney time), but the pubs in Whistler are forced by law to close at 1 a.m.

The only hope hundreds of local supporters have of watching the game live together is if Whistler-Blackcomb manage to organise a venue.

Whistler-Blackcomb public relations manager Christopher Nicolson said the mountain is usually responsive to the needs of the people living and working here and there was a possibility something could be organized.

Supporters are advised to check notice boards for updates.

Replays of the semi-finals between Australia and New Zealand and England and France will be shown at Tapley’s and Buffalo Bill’s on Saturday and Sunday.

"I’d love to be showing these games live but it’s against the law for me to stay open," Tapleys manager Donny Pashleigh said.

"We’ve got our licence before the council right now, it’s been there for five months, because we’re trying to get an extension to 1:50 a.m. and the last thing I need at the moment would be something to upset that process.

"But we’ll be showing replays of New Zealand and Australia on Saturday at noon, 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.

"We’ve got to balance the France and England game with the Grey Cup on Sunday so we’ll be showing replays of that game at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m."

After some people were shut out of Tapley’s last week due to capacity restrictions, Pashleigh spoke to Buffalo Bill’s management and they agreed to also show replays of both games at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

In what has been one of the most highly anticipated games in the World Cup, the reigning world champions, Australia, play New Zealand first for a spot in the final.

New Zealand are the favourites to win mostly because they convincingly beat Australia several times in the lead up to the World Cup.

Australia are expected to name the same starting 15 that beat Scotland 33-16 in Brisbane last Saturday.

Veteran NSW Waratahs inside centre Nathan Grey is the only inclusion to the side on the bench.

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