Get your Follow on for the Rugby World Cup #RWC2011

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In 25 days 20 Countries will be represented at the Opening of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. 20 Teams and an expected 100,000 visitors to New Zealand plus over a billion people watching the TV coverage means a lot of eyeballs on New Zealand. The #RWC2011 will be the biggest sporting tournament NZ has ever hosted and may well ever host.

Naturally I'm following the action on Twitter, tracking the Teams on Twitter, how many mentions they get and other analytics. If 'New Zealand' or the hashtag #RWC2011 is not trending globally throughout the semi finals and the finals weekend I'll be very dissapointed!

So it's time to get your follow on and get involved with teams and fans of the Rugby World Cup

First of all you should be following the official Twitter account @RugbyWorldCup and save the search for #RWC2011

Check out the meteoric rise in Twitter mentions for #rugby as the Tri Nations series reaches completion

1000 days of #rugby on Twitter

This next graph zooms in on the final four games of the 2011 Tri-Nations

TriNations on Twitter #Rugby
 

 Follow #RWC2011 Teams

The easiest way to follow all the Teams is with this Twitter list: http://twitter.com/#!/rugbyworldcup/rwc-2011-teams/members

Or pick your favourite teams from this list

- As you can see not every team is on Twitter

During the World Cup I'll be tracking how many followers each team has and how many mentions they receive. It will be interesting to see which team is the most popular on Twitter

So start following, start listening and if you're in new Zealand you can help by answering questions, building the excitement and sharing your local knowledge of the best places to eat, drink and hangout!

Who do you think will win the 2011 Rugby World Cup?