I watched (in the vaguest sense of "watching") the All Blacks play Scotland.
We won, which we should have, even with 'The R Word' back in full force.
And Corey Jane got to play for a whole half. (I like Corey Jane.)
The ref, for all his fondness for whipping out his cards, was distressingly good-looking. I'm sure there should be some law against refs other than Steve Walsh being attractive.
But there was one thing that really really stunned me, and it came after the game was over. Jamie Macintosh was asked what the coaches told him before he went onto the field. Apparently Jamie was told to "go out there and express himself."
WHAT THE FUCK?
Who in their right mind expresses themselves on a rugby field? (apart from Jerry Collins, and he got in trouble for that) Do you think any of the great teams of old were told to go out there and "express themselves"? If you want to express yourself - write poetry. Or whatever it is hippies do. But don't do it on a rugby field. It makes a mess.
I can imagine Colin Meads turning in his grave. I don't care that he's not dead yet. He's still turning.
What Shane Really Means is.....
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