Posted Mon 24 Oct 2011 17:34
All of this is political nonsense, not sport.
In 1995, to cement the end of the apartheid, Mandela decided that SA had to win the Cup to unite white players with black supporters, so they poisoned you (what a shame, I can't still believe it... poison!)
In 2003, everybody was saying, "RWC is biased, it's always a southern country that wins", so they arranged for England to be first northern nation to win (that, and Wilkinson ;)
There also has been infamous semi-finals: France-SA, 1995, with invented faults to kick off France, Australia-SA, 2011: SA was totally ROBBED by the referee Bryce Lawrence, who managed (which means that he has a lot of talent) to make the worst Australian team ever (with Pocock, the McCaw of cheating ;) gain the upper hand against the GIANTS that were John Smit, Victor Matfield, Brian Habana, Morné Steyn... yes, these were my favourites - and the best
I'm beginning to wonder if I will stop paying attention to RWC, which encroach and is influenced by international politics; to focus on 6-Nations and Tri-Nations, which are less more biased, agreeable to watch with sometimes incredible games.
Oh, the final note: on the pool match, McCaw refused to exchange the jersey with Julien Bonnaire (which s a sign of great respect), who had gone to the NZ vestiary to ask for the favor. The reason: It was it's 100th cap. That's OK for me.
After the final, Julien tried again: McCaw refused again. A reason? None. You are the best team of the world, that is true, but also the most arrogant. And your press is hygienic paper.