Merry Christmas to all those visiting us this festive season. The above photograph was supplied to us by Wheelsucker, one of our guest bloggers, and captures something that I think justifies any and all merriment today. Because while Australia might have Robbie Deans and England might pour all kinds of money and resources into their game, there isn’t another country on earth where you could witness a scene like the one pictured above.
So despite our having lost a ridiculous number of World Cups in a row now, you can be sure a rugby culture which sees a father erecting scaffold goal posts on a Thames Coast beach for a budding first-five son will always be strong. And sooner or later, despite the travails we’ve suffered through over the last 20 years, one day the Cup will come home. Because only New Zealand cares this much.