I knew it. I just knew it.

As the dust settles on yet another All Black failure I can’t help thinking back to about June-time. I watched them flap and flounder against the Australians or something and I thought, “Goodness (not my exact words), these chaps could be rubbish at the world cup also.”

My suspicions have been proved all too correct.

Foreigners who watch Association Football – Soccer – and the Chinese and Indians will be wondering whether this is actually a waste of a first ever blog. How can you write about the Rugby World Cup after 2 solid weeks of small minded town New Zealand harping on about the ref, the cheating French, the cheating ref, the blind linesmen, the cheating French ref, and the cheating ref. Surly they’ve had their say and let that be that for another 4 years. I wanted to say I knew it (or maybe I told you so).

I knew it. I just knew it. They never looked like they were going to win. The NZ Rugby Union spent nearly $NZ50 million (that’s $US7 or £3.50; we rate quite highly against the Thai Baht though) trying to win this world cup. They could’ve given me the money to piss up a flag pole on booze and sugary treats and it would have been better spent. They sent the ABs to the world cup flying first class – put them at the back of the plane with the rest of the normals. Better still, throw them in a crate and ship them DHL. Cheaper. More money to fix up the after-match damage at Heathrow.

The next world cup in 2011 is in good old New Zealand. We should win that one shouldn’t we? Hometown advantage and all. I can see the Radio Sport listeners salivating with their hands down their trousers as they think about the joys of a Clash of the Minnows between Bulgaria and Uruguay at Rugby Park in Gisborne. You know that there will be more money. No first class flights needed for the ABs – they’ll all stay in the Hilton in Auckland. Dougie won’t be playing over here then either, so the Beemers’ll be safe.

But will we win it? Will we ever win it?

Who knows. We haven’t won since 1987. 20 whole years ago. The New Zealand public, and this includes the so-called experts, who consistently (over?)rate the All Blacks far above any other team in the world, will be desiring the home win as their right. We’re assuming at this point that Eden Park and the Rugby Union can come to some kind of agreement over the doing up of New Zealand’s premier rugby ground. The new Auckland mayor says he’s not going to pay. Fair enough. Councils should be paying for things like taking my rubbish and recycling away and filling in that pothole that’s claimed my ankle once or twice this year walking down to get the milk.

Anyway, back to the question. Will we win in 2011? I’d be more comfortable putting money on Hillary Clinton letting Bill show interns around the Oval Office if she gets the US presidency next year.

Boon x

  • As a kind of a PS I should say something about the final played by Saffies and the Poms and won by our African neighbours. But I’m not going to…
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5 responses

  1. A New Zealand man was found dead floating in the Tasman sea. He was wearing a wig, lipstick, suspenders and an all blacks rugby shirt. Police removed the shirt to save the family any embarressment 🙂

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  2. We like to think he was dressed in a Scotland football jumper.

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  3. I was extrememly disappointed about the rugby as well. Currently there is a sporting void, as I have no teams to support. It seems all NZ teams buckle under pressure and that pisses me off to no end. The netballers will buckle for sure and sit around crying as we write off another sporting hope. I do love the warriors and would have to say I prefer league over union. The game is faster and contains more athletes and is more exciting. The dont need recovery programmes and regularly follow up a wed night state of O with a club game on Fri.

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  4. When are we going to get over rugby, and pour resources into writing and other creative pursuits. By 2019 I see new zealand as a nation of poets and potters.

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  5. Brad,

    That is a vision of hell that I would not like to see!! 😉

    It’s simple – get them eating more red meat, bring back rucking, bring back the biff and bring back sideburn’s and long flowing moustaches.

    Problem solved.

    RAJ – After the last number of World Cup’s you would have thought that YOU don’t play a FULLBACK at CENTRE -(1999, 2003 and now 2007) – and this rest and relaxation garbabge is bollocks. PLay the same team the whole time – if someone get hurt/injured – just bring in the next best player. The game is about combinations and time on the field.

    Listen to the pearls of wisdom of Jezza Collins. He’s on the money – rugby players prefer to be playing.

    Looking at World CUps now – I’d actually be more surprised if we actually won the thing as oppossed to being surprised when we get tipped out at the semi’s/quarters or whatever.

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