Lots of ups and downs, The Boks were dismissed early, The Irish looked as though they could go all the way, The English, well what can one add about the English, crucified by their press for perhaps not much more than most of us have done on tour.
The Argies were magnificent and fought above their weight once again and Scotland, well what can one say, I blame the bagpipe ban!
So, onto the bronze medal match tomorrow and then the final on Sunday….
Did you know that in every world cup except the first (obviously) the winning nation had to defeat the holders en route?
Two big games for our northern hemisphere members tomorrow, while you’re waiting for kick off here’s a bit of the fun stuff that we’ve been discussing and questioning of late, there’s one or two fascinating titbits here;
Name the capital of New Zealand, the one before the current one and the one before that? Wellington, Aukland, Russel – Cuprum
Who is the only sportsman ever to represent his country in both the cricket and rugby world cups?- Rudi van Vuren Namibia – Cuprum
These flags all represent nations who have participated in rugby world cups, any ideas?
A man walked into a supermarket and asked to buy half a head of lettuce. The boy working in that department told him that they only sold whole heads of lettuce. The man was insistent that the boy ask the manager about the matter.
Walking into the back room, the boy said to the manager,”Some old bastard wants to buy a half a head of lettuce.”
As he finished his sentence, he turned around to find that the man was standing right behind him, so he quickly added,”and this gentleman kindly offered to buy the other half.”
The manager approved the deal and the man went on his way.
Later, the manager said to the boy,”I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier, we like people who can think on their feet here, and where are you from son?”
“New Zealand, sir,” the boy replied.
“Why did you leave New Zealand?”the manager asked.
If, like me, you are occasionally denied access to a television or you’re working or you don’t subscribe to whichever TV network is showing the rugby you can get free audio commentary here.
I’m currently listening to the Irish playing the Ruskies, the commentary is good, includes snippets of information as radio commentary should. (Did you know that New Zealand switched to daylight saving time today?)
While watching the anthems at tomorrow’s Boks v Wales match you may notice during the performance of our anthem some Bok supporters clutching either their right breast with their left hand, or clutching their left sleeve with their right.
Let me explain…
Our jersey for over a hundred years has looked like the one depicted on the left, Springbok emblem over the heart (it was combined with a Protea perhaps 10 years or so ago.)
Not good enough for the power crazed ANC government, they insisted that we ditch the Springbok and replace it with the Protea, as our cricketers and (I think) all other national sports have.