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Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Old Aug 20th 2011, 10:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Alfresco
That phrase was coined by an Ozzie reporter on CNN after the last world cup.

I think NZ & OZ supporters are way ahead on the arrogance scale.
That's been an expression since before I was born.

I have in the past supported England but living with the English for 17 years put me off doing it again. However at the last world cup I supported SA against England in the first match but switched the other way for the second match because even the SA fans (on average - not every single fan) outdo England when it comes to the braggart trophy.

Don't know about the Kiwis but the Aussies aren't anywhere near the top.
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Old Aug 20th 2011, 10:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Rambi
That's been an expression since before I was born.

I have in the past supported England but living with the English for 17 years put me off doing it again. However at the last world cup I supported SA against England in the first match but switched the other way for the second match because even the SA fans (on average - not every single fan) outdo England when it comes to the braggart trophy.

Don't know about the Kiwis but the Aussies aren't anywhere near the top.
Must be a UK thing then picked up by the rest of the world. I only heard it first then.

Watching rugby in a London Walkabout pub is an enlightening experience.
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Old Aug 20th 2011, 10:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Alfresco
Must be a UK thing then picked up by the rest of the world. I only heard it first then.

Watching rugby in a London Walkabout pub is an enlightening experience.
The problem in the 5/6 nations is when Anyone but England clashes with Anyone but France.

The most enlightening experience I've had is watching England v Netherlands (soccer) in a pub in Bermondsey. I'm glad I chose a neutral coloured shirt.

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Old Aug 27th 2011, 6:27 pm
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It's all falling into place to be a classic All Blacks world cup campaign, bring on the French!
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Old Aug 27th 2011, 9:21 pm
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It's all falling into place to be a classic All Blacks world cup campaign, bring on the French!


Both last night and the week before, they were vulnerable in defence once they are on the back foot.
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In Australia NZ are at their weakest. I still think they will have a brain fart and blow it in the semis.
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Both last night and the week before, they were vulnerable in defence once they are on the back foot.
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I think one of those 2 is way ahead of the other as well, giving no clues it's not NZ
England fans would surely be the least arrogant and would be more likely to think their team would do OK but definitely not win.

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I think NZ & OZ supporters are way ahead on the arrogance scale.
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Old Aug 27th 2011, 11:17 pm
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I think one of those 2 is way ahead of the other as well, giving no clues it's not NZ
England fans would surely be the least arrogant and would be more likely to think their team would do OK but definitely not win.
Bollocks. If England won the 6 nations it would be front page news and talk of knighthoods. Aus wins the Tri-nations for the first time in 10 years and you have to dig around in the sports section of The Age to find the result.
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England have won the 6 nations loads of times, it's not a huge deal. You have to remember here it is the League guys that are the 'heroes'. It really is hard to find anyone more arrogant than an Aussie sports fan.
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Old Aug 27th 2011, 11:28 pm
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England have won the 6 nations loads of times, it's not a huge deal. You have to remember here it is the League guys that are the 'heroes'. It really is hard to find anyone more arrogant than an Aussie sports fan.
And every time England wins it makes the front pages of the newspapers. South African fans are the only ones more arrogant than the English fans. Aussies pale in comparison. The first Tri-nations win in a decade didn't even make it onto the front page of the Age.

I guess you don't remember the late 90s when England was sooo much better than all the other teams of the 5 nations that they were going to join the Tri-nations. And then Scotland kicked their arse. Funniest 5 nations ever.
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Does the Age report on anything other than prance ball?

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And every time England wins it makes the front pages of the newspapers. South African fans are the only ones more arrogant than the English fans. Aussies pale in comparison. The first Tri-nations win in a decade didn't even make it onto the front page of the Age.

I guess you don't remember the late 90s when England was sooo much better than all the other teams of the 5 nations that they were going to join the Tri-nations. And then Scotland kicked their arse. Funniest 5 nations ever.
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Old Aug 28th 2011, 12:35 am
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Well done Wallabies.
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Old Aug 28th 2011, 12:44 am
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Does the Age report on anything other than prance ball?
Not much.
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That HAS to be a wind up Do you live here ?

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Aussies pale in comparison.
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Old Aug 28th 2011, 3:22 am
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That HAS to be a wind up Do you live here ?
Just an opinion. It's definitely a lot quieter here than London.

Last time I talked about sport with someone here it was something like.
Him: "You're only saying that because you just beat us at Rugby."
Me: "I thought Wales lost the last match."
Him: "Oh yeah, you're not English."

Just look at that arrogance coming through.
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