13 thoughts on “World in Union”

  1. Thanks for that link, soutie. Yesterday I told my chiropodist, himself a cricketer and rugby player, that Scotland would win the RWC. He looked at me pityingly, as if my sore foot might have affected my brain, but admitted that “on their day” Scotland could probably beat any of the other teams. It’s just that their day does not come along very often. I shall continue to hope. But I do miss the beautiful Percy Montgomerie in your squad.

  2. Well I’m pleased that you enjoyed this, Dame Kiri’s version is of course classic in rugby circles.

    I particularly enjoyed watching the Boks advancing on the ABs just before the start of the ’95 World Cup final at Ellis Park (0.14sec), watching Kobus Weise and James Small lead the Boks across the halfway line to get in their faces is a joy to behold. The IRB have since banned the practice, teams now have to stand on their 10m line and either watch or ignore the AB version of the Hokey Cokey.

    Not to mention the drop from Joel at 3:14 the winner in extra time!

    I think I might just watch it again 🙂

  3. Thanks Bilby, I’m delighted that you enjoyed it, even us Rugby okes have a bit of culture in us (even if we do only hear it every 4 years ;))

  4. Having just watched the Kiwis vs Tonga, I wager that some time in the next decade either Samoa, Tonga or possibly Fiji will win the World Cup. Those guys play natural rugby like Brazilians play soccer. They are now getting the international exposure and all they need is the back-up resources of physiotherapy and the latest training techniques to make them invincible.

    OZ

  5. Morning Oz

    While I’ll admit that the Pacific Island teams are getting stronger and stronger I doubt if they’ll ever be world beaters. As with Argentina, they simply don’t have the infrastructure (domestic competitions) and probably never will have, resulting in them rarely playing together.

    I’ll wager that the majority of the Argentine team to play England later today live and play across Europe, you can’t develop a serious international team when your players are scattered all over the world.

    This I would think is perhaps why Argentina and Brazil performed so dismally at the recent Football world cup.

  6. Howzit Soutie. I have been fortunate to have visited Samoa and Tonga many times and was blessed once to be guest of honour at an international between the two played in Nuku’ alofa. I have never witnessed a match played with such skill and passion and with such bone-crunching tackles. Trust me, the islanders are coming.

    OZ

  7. O Zangado :

    Having just watched the Kiwis vs Tonga, I wager that some time in the next decade either Samoa, Tonga or possibly Fiji will win the World Cup. Those guys play natural rugby like Brazilians play soccer. They are now getting the international exposure and all they need is the back-up resources of physiotherapy and the latest training techniques to make them invincible.

    OZ

    You could be right, but Rugby is just beginning to take off in the States. If they ever get heavily involved, then watch out, the rest of the world!

  8. Hello Boadicea and bleuebelle of course you’re both right

    The International Rugby Board continues to use the rugby anthem, World in Union, in the Rugby World Cup tournament. The song, first used in 1991 in England, has become synonymous with the gathering of the nations. The tune for World in Union is taken from Jupiter, a section of Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite. The tune was originally adapted by Holst for its use in the English patriotic hymn, “I vow to thee my country”.
    http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/2007/rugby-world-in-union/

    and more from wiki here
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_in_Union

    Great tune, great adaption and of course a great performance from Dame Kiri

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