November 09, 2002

New Zealand lost to England at Rugby today: , so what I hear you say. Small nation beats tiny nation at a game no one has heard of. For New Zealand though, rugby is not even a religion, it is an expression of self, proof of nationhood. A matter of primeval pride. The linked article is good writing and a very good illustration of what the sport means to this small nation. It is truly in the blood.

posted by Fat Buddha to other at 05:24 PM - 3 comments

Thanks, FB. Great article. There should be a Spofi category called "Passion" or even "Primeval pride" where we could post pieces like this regularly.

posted by rabi at 06:27 PM on November 10, 2002

NZ sent an under-strength side on its northern tour, as it's understandably concentrating on next year's World Cup. So while it's a momentary embarrassment for the All Blacks, I suspect it shouldn't lure England et al. into a false sense of superiority.

posted by etagloh at 09:11 PM on November 10, 2002

It should also be notes that Australia lost to Ireland on the same night....

posted by Major at 08:00 PM on November 14, 2002

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