Sunday, 30 October 2011

If I Can Dream: Rugby Union

Preface

First of all, I would like to apologise for my blog being so quiet recently. I've truly missed posting my weekly updates and I look forward to the upcoming days where I have quite a few recent experiences to share with you.

If I Can Dream: Rugby Union
As you can see, my blog has gone rather crazy about Rugby in the past few months. Once again, I've gone slightly OTT with my passion for the Sport. 
But what an amazing few weeks it has been for Rugby and the World - Wales reaching the semi-finals (for the first time since 1987), Tonga beating France and best of all, the Māori warriors ending the 24 years of lustful longing for the William Webb-Ellis Trophy, Ngā mihi boys!


My Personal Highlights of the Tournament

The return of Jonah Lomu, one of my top players of all time was a very emotional moment for me. His presence at the opening ceremony reiterates how he not only embodies but also shapes New Zealand and World Rugby.

But how I could I go on without mentioning the Tongan victory over (the eventual finalists) France. What an amazing show by the Islander team! I was also pleased to see the legendary Soane Tonga'uiha in action. He brings a phenomenal sense of character and passion to the Tongan squad and I look forward to seeing his continued career at the Saints.

Yet, Perhaps my favourite moment of the Rugby World Cup 2011, was the performance of the Welsh team.. All of you know that I am an English Rugby man. However, I must say I was appalled and disappointed by the performance of the England team on, and off the pitch. Not only was the team unity almost non-existent, they portrayed their nation and its people in an inappropriate and unacceptable manner. Thank God there was a Home Nations team representing the United Kingdom in a professional and passionate way. For a moment I believed that the 14 Welshman had beaten the 15 strong French team. Unfortunately, this was not the case. But a splendid try by Mike Phillips and a great performance throughout the tournament make the Welsh side my 'Team of the World Cup'.

If I Can Dream
My blog this evening was inspired by a video I found on Youtube. Its a fantastic compilation of great moments in Rugby History and set to the inspiring and beautiful vocals of Elvis. 

Rugby is more than a game. Its a belief in ones self, in ones companions. Inches become miles, pain becomes insignificant and the man standing next to you becomes the most important being you will will ever meet. 

Rugby is a belief.

I hope you enjoy the video much as I did
Ollie