142 stone former England frankenstein Martin Johnson has named his squad for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand. This, remember, is a tour that he is not actually going on and will have little influence over as he is staying at home and putting Rob "250k a year" Andrew in charge.
Since the days of the genteel Joe Stalin, the Soviet borders were
closed to prevent their finest leaving. Warren Gatland likes that idea
and is imposing it upon Wales – or their rugby players at least. During the Cold War years, it was seen as a great coup for the either side if they nicked somebody from the other lot; that mincing ballet-fiend cum actor Mikhail Baryshnikov came over from the USSR amid much publicity. We have seen something similar this week with Dwayne Peel going to Sale, only I hope Peel will not subsequently turn up in dreadful films, or as a love interest in a long-running female comedy-drama.
The French take a dignified but formidable stance in front of the Haka last Saturday. Check out Chabal’s gnarling face, awesome.
New Zealand, as has been proved, are rubbish […]
Are you England in disguise? No, because England won today, and it is this craven passage of play which shows us that NZ are weak at the ultimate pinch-point and therefore once again not the best in the world.
Dan and his dad recall the Kiwi 10’s kicking development in this ad for Adidas. Some would call it inspirational stuff, others would call it a bit dull. Where do you stand?
New Zealand give Italy a pasting on Saturday
There are not many rugby blogs about when you look around cyberspace, but of those that are out there this one is a corker.
Southern hemisphere rugby fans must be puffed up with self-satisfaction after this weekend, and I don’t fancy giving them much more to crow about, so here is the edited version of the performances of their teams at the weekend.
South Africa vs Samoa in 2003. Louis Koen manages to score a conversion whilst a completely bladdered Samoa fan legs it out of the crowd, tries to tackle him and knocks himself out in the process. Good work fella!
As the person who sent me this link said: “Some would say this is crass and at the expense of a noble culture – and some would laugh out loud.” I know which one I did.
As the commentator says, "It’s 1995 all over again!"