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A story about ‘proper’ Rugby

By 28 March 2013 4

The Queanbeyan Age has run a story about Rugby. ‘Proper’ Rugby as Johnboy is quick to remind me.

Apparently in my last Rugby story I called the wrong type of Rugby ‘Rugby’ and that is a big faux pas. I apologise to all involved. Never will I call that Rugby ‘Rugby’ again, I will only call the Rugby that you want me to call Rugby ‘Rugby’. Whichever Rugby that may be.

Some of you also pointed out to me that my comments about Rugby players being walking necks were unfair, and that Rugby Union is in fact a sport for gentlemen and scholars. Well this story is in fact written by one of the players so I’ll accept that. Still, I think Johnboy is punishing me for my ignorance by sending me this story and telling me I have to do something with it.

So what’s the story? This man’s Rugby team played against another Rugby team and lost because the other team were better at Rugby. Secondly Rugby players have trouble dressing themselves.

Plenty has also been made of Sam Carter’s lucky undies and the big fella made a decision the night before we left for South Africa that they were the only pair he’d need.

We don’t think Sam consulted his undies when he decided to anoint them as lucky. Anything wrapped around that big backside for two weeks straight could only be described as unlucky in my experience.

Also it appears the writer has spent at least two weeks wrapped around someone called Sam’s backside, or at least I think that’s what he meant.

- Your Official RiotACT Sports Correspondent.

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I’m up from 34th last week. Booyah!

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4 Responses to A story about ‘proper’ Rugby
#1
davo1013:55 pm, 28 Mar 13

Bah, just call it football and if they complain point out you’re too important to deal with trivialities. As to Union being played by “gentlemen and scholars”; I think there may be an element of sepia toned memories of the code before it went professional.

#2
fromthecapital4:15 pm, 28 Mar 13

I dont think its fair to put them all in the same basket. If you look at a guy like David Pocock and tried to find someone in league as interested in the world around them, you would probably struggle.

#3
astrojax4:37 pm, 28 Mar 13

davo101 said :

Bah, just call it football and if they complain point out you’re too important to deal with trivialities. As to Union being played by “gentlemen and scholars”; I think there may be an element of sepia toned memories of the code before it went professional.

it’s rugger or union or rugby. the other [p-tchuui] one is thugby or league [not that anyone should care...].

football is football – or soccer, fussbol, the beautiful game, the world game – and played with a round ball.

the aussie game is footy, or ‘rules. never ‘afl’ – that’s the premier league franchise of the sport, not the sport itself. be like calling football ‘premier league’ or ‘bundesliga’ or ‘serie a’ or something.

get it right – it isn’t that hard.

and not that anyone really ever cares ever – and really, why should they? – but it is ‘american football’ – ‘gridiron’ is the field upon which it is played. that’s like calling baseball ‘diamond’, or cricket ‘pitch’.

now, back to whatever it was you were doing…

#4
poetix4:51 pm, 28 Mar 13

I enjoyed seeing this article on RiotACT that takes rugby a little less seriously. I think it’ll be a while before your views are sought for the tedious rugby reviews with interesting beer tastings, though. I’m sure you’re upset about that!

Of course, I agree that David Pocock is a wonderful creature. Apart from the knee.

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