Unless you were in a coma England won the Rugby World Cup final against Australia winning narrowly by 20-17. To give credit to Australia they hosted a great World Cup, got to the final and it couldn't have been closer. Rugby has become the national game. Football players are a pampered set of preening prats. Quoting the Sun Times reporter. "Football players are globalised girlies, rugby players are British blokes. "Hold the line! Hold the line!" screams an Englishman next to me. On his knuckles the word West is bafflingly tattoed. "Ah. You're English." I exclaimed. "We all are really aren't we ? Thank God!" "Cheat,Cheat.Boring. Boring. Boring." The Aussies shouted at the England team. Some cheered when Johnny Wilkinson - may he live for ever and may his tribes increase - appeared to be injured. One even shouted "We won two world wars for you, what more do you want?" But when questioned at half time "Oh no, mate!We didn't mean it" The god of rugby laid on the most staggering, unbelievable, gut-wreching heart stopping event ever witnessed. Rugby reminds us of a more civil age when a losing player is patted consolingly on the back (gracious losing Aussie captain or Go Johnny Go Wilko) whereas a footballer strips of his shirt ,does six sommersaults and hoists a V-sign at rival fans. With rugby players they came built that way out of the packet - no steroids.
England's sweet chariot swings so high and Matilda isn't waltzing anymore.
BBQ THAT [ November 23, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
Saturday night was really something around here. Haven't seen anything like that since Arsenal took the Premiership a couple years ago.....
posted 15 years ago
I forgot to add that Bush was eclipsed by the event. He had only a little mention on the back page of the first paper of the Sunday Times. Or it could be that Goddess Lawson took up a third of the photo. This should have been Bush and Blair's week but actions of terrorists in Istanbul took most of the rest of the news. Anyway, good on the England Rugby Team. The nation's spirit has been raised once more. We have a God-given right to be on this planet after all -on the rugby field. Every other nation wonders "How on earth did they pull that off?" Skill to a man, skill! (Cynicism: Wonder how long it will be before these Olympians will be turned into "metro-sexual" sarong wearing girlies ? )