September 30, 2011

Rugby Heaven

If you currently live in New Zealand, you might wonder if there is anything else happening in the world other than the Rugby World Cup at present. My spies in the Land of the Long White Cloud tell me the coverage so far has been wide and comprehensive, blanketing all forms of available media. This is hardly surprising though, seeing as rugby is the lifeblood that pumps through the hearts of every self-respecting Kiwi native. Add to this the fact that New Zealand is the country hosting this prestigious event and, well, you get the idea.


From what I've read so far though, the overall feeling has been really positive - the nation has embraced all participants with typical southern hospitality and generosity, and the players have responded by giving the world audience a magnificent display of spirited, passionate and free-flowing rugby in every game. Just how we like it!


If you live in Australia - like I do - you might find you need to search a little more diligently to get the same amount of information. Local fervour for all things rugby doesn't quite reach the same stratospheric heights as it does over the ditch. I am nothing if not a devoted follower of the Game They Play In Heaven, so this is not a problem for me, naturally. While rugby may be the lifeblood of New Zealand, ex-pats included, the All Blacks are at the very heart of her people. This fact becomes even more apparent when the national team is playing like (super)men possessed! Our Boys in Black have been in superlative form so far and I'd be lying if I said I'm not feeling the teensiest bit confident of our chances. *crosses fingers* It's been 24 years since New Zealand held the Webb Ellis trophy and we'd kinda like to do it again, especially for this guy:




Meet Richie McCaw, the (very easy-on-the-eye) captain of the New Zealand All Blacks. Self-deprecating. Humble. The epitome of class. You'll never read about him causing trouble out on the drink. An All Black since 2001, and captain since 2004, Richie is a man's man, and arguably the best No 7 in the game. If ever you wanted a role model for your kids, pick this guy. He's pretty hard to beat.


Richie and the rest of the AB's will be playing Canada this weekend, their last pool game before the quarter finals begin. From there on in, it's cut-throat rugby all the way to the Final which basically means: you lose, you're going home. End of story. Come back in 2015.


But that's what makes winning a World Cup so very special...

*crouch*

and why these teams keep coming back every four years...

*touch*

and put their bodies on the line for the chance of Webb Ellis Cup glory...

*pause*

giving millions of fans and spectators alike six whole weeks of having our hearts in our mouths...

*engage*

while we inhabit the world of sheer, unadulterated rugby heaven.

Ah, bliss. Go Black!!

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