After a few years in which their pack offered about as much go-forward as a spotty nerd at a school disco and their backs as much penetration as a viagra-deprived octogenarian, the Aussies have finally managed to put some performances together this year; albeit sporadically.
After a sound beating by England at the Rugby World Cup, if you believe Sir Clive that is, the Springboks will be hanging around Europe for a bit playing some proper matches before taking on the might of the Barbarians. That’s right, the Baa-Baas, a team that nobody wants to watch anymore and no player wants to play for or against anymore.
Never has there been so little expectation placed on an England team before a tournament. This lot are quite possibly the worst world champions in the history of sport, and some relatively positive and negative showings recently have done very little to make anyone in the land feel much better.
Key Player: Tom Rees
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.
Video highlights of Saturday’s game.
As the commentator says, "It’s 1995 all over again!"
The team responsible for the greatest Rugby World Cup upset in history, and managed by one of the tournament’s greatest players, Michael "Iceman" Jones. They have about as much chance in this one as a gay jewish man at a Deep South religious convention, but guaranteed to rattle a few bones along the way.
You’ve guessed it, it’s another shirt by Canterbury!
At least this time they have actually changed the design slightly and not put a shed-load of stupid piping and panels all over it. Be thankful for small mercies.
What a player, what a man. Will Carling famously said, “He’s just a freak, and the sooner he goes away the better”, but I for one wished we’d seen more of Jonah.