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Sheard 'overcome' by World Cup Final

HOK Sport principal Rod Sheard has compared the emotion of watching the Rugby World Cup Final in the stadium he designed to 'how Jonny Wilkinson felt when he scored the winning points'.

Australian-born Sheard dashed halfway across the world last week to watch the game in the Testra Stadium - formerly Stadium Australia.

'It was the dream final and I decided I had to be there, ' he told the AJ. 'And when I arrived in the stadium I was overcome by the sense of atmosphere and emotion.

'It was incredible. I have simply never seen anything like it.

The ambient noise in the stadium must have been 100 decibels. The atmosphere for the game was better than any of the individual days of the 2000 Olympics.

Quite astonishing.'

London-based Sheard - whose practice was also responsible for two of the other Rugby World Cup venues - said he was in two minds as to who he should support. He said: 'I've been to watch so many games with England fans in the past, I have found myself singing both Waltzing Matilda and Land of Hope and Glory at the same time.'

Would the game have gone the Wallabies' way if the stadium had had a roof? 'The conditions might have suited the Australia team better if a roof had been closed, ' he admitted. 'But we designed the roof beams to support one and the authorities decided against it.'

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