That most 'manly' of sports. Aren't the crew all New Zealanders? I don't follow the America's Cup either. I laughed my ass off that time the random Maori sovereignty dude broke into the case and gave it the bash in the 90s. God, I am a traitor!
Actually, "random Maori sovereignty dude" captures the flavour of that event better than any description I've previously heard.
Yes, I am a stinking hippy. Feel free to mock and scorn me.
Not at all. It made me feel better after reading Yamis's Murray Deaker story. What a fuckwit. Please, someone get him off air.
He’d reffed more than one match Kyle (inc. 3 Pac Rim tests this year and our opening romp v Italy.
Don’t be misled by that’s on his wiki page….
I noted that a couple of times further up the thread (info from Wikipedia).
But I don't really regard three matches in a second-tier tournament involving Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and the Junior All Blacks (the Pacific nations being without almost all their European club players for the games) as qualification for the job.
dyan: you did exactly what I just did above.
If you leave the "http://" off the URL, it gets autocompleted as being within the publicaddress.net site. Which, strangely enough, tends not to work too well.
What s/he said. I've fixed the original link.
Okay, it gets worse ...
New revelations regarding the role of touch judges at the Rugby World Cup. Many have questioned why no-one stepped in from the sideline to point out a forward pass leading up to Yannick Jauzion's try in the French quarter-final defeat of the All Blacks.
But United States coach Peter Thorburn said there was a meeting between coaches, referees and touch judges in early September to clarify such roles.
Thorburn said the pre-tournament directive said touch judges should focus foremost on touch, foul play and kicks at the goal.
He added it was reiterated verbally they would not be able to interfere on issues of forward passes, offside and crooked lineout throws.
Thorburn said it was a major IRB blunder appointing the inexperienced 28 year-old Wayne Barnes as referee for such a crucial match.
This is a huge fuckup.
Tragically, it would seem to be our man Paddy in the gun ...
I'm still giggling over Giant Rugby Ball HQ video. Those inside must have felt like real wallies. Any passing French person would have thought "We won! Let's go over to the giant rugby ball that has New Zealand emblazoned in large letters over it and taunt the Kiwis!" Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You have to laugh.
I'm trying to get an interview with Mike Hodgson and Bruce Ferguson for the radio show this week. It doesn't sound like they had a bad night though ...
Christ, you do need to be Einstein after all to understand this game.
Yes, it's a lovely take on relativity isn't it?
I'm sure that the fateful pass doesn't fall under that principle though. The French player who took the pass was in front of the tackled player, which is why he made so much ground.
As opposed to all those other ratshit games that didn't matter at all, because the All Blacks weren't involved? Not picking a fight, RB, but I don't think anyone came to the World Cup to fuck around, do you?
Not buying a fight either, but I don't understand your point either.
I'm fairly sure it's unprecedented for a referee who has controlled one top-level international match to be put in charge of a World Cup quarter-final. Not just in rugby: in any major sport.
I think that bad refereeing is part of the game in the same way players play badly at times, but this took it to new lows. In 1995 the ref was awarded a gold watch by the SAs for his "performance". The French would do well to give Barnes a life size gold replica of the Eiffel tower.
I think the thing that really made it out of the ordinary is that a rookie with one top-level test match under his belt before this World Cup was given such an important game. He blew it, and that's fairly heartbreaking.
I expect when it all washes up we'll find out that the English union pressed for his inclusion: he's the golden boy of of the Heineken Championship. Meanwhile, poor old Paddy has to front for it.
It's been announced he won't feature in any role in the remaining matches -- whistle, sideline or video adjudication -- but that's all a bit after the fact.
BTW, when the highlights come on next, check out the pass from Carter to Luke leading up to our first try.
Nope. We had some impartial South Africans scrutinise it, and they were unanimous: not forward. Good try though.
Some fans could do well to remember that. Winging about the ref should not be a core value of NZ rugby
Well, it isn't, is it? And it's silly to claim that it is simply because the referee's performance has been criticised.
Yes, the All Blacks should have been the masters of their own destiny, and yes, referees make mistakes. But I'm really struggling to recall a situation where such an inexperienced referee has been sent to control such an important game, and then made such crucial blunders.
What I am embarrassed about, however, is the morons who have vandalised Wikipedia in the past 48 hours -- up to and including criminal threats. In at least one case, a private school education doesn't seem to have taught one of the vandals any sense of decency.