Monday, 17 October 2011

Praise Be

This is from 'The Breakdown', the Guardian's rugby blog:

When Graham Henry was the Wales coach between the summer of 1998 and the beginning of 2002, he was known as the Great Redeemer, or at least he was at the start. Today's Dominion Post asks whether that has prompted Henry to look to the Bible this tournament for inspiration as he looks to end the All Blacks' World Cup jinx.

He assembled a squad that include an Israel (Dagg), a Zachary (Guildford), a Daniel (Carter), an Adam (Thomson) and a Samuel (Whitelock). When Carter pulled out, an Aaron (Cruden) was called on and a Hosea (Gear) has also been added. A Matthew (Todd) trained with the All Blacks last week.

Which reminds me of John Taylor's kick in the last minute against Scotland at Murrayfield in 1971, following Gerald Davies's try, to secure the Grand Slam (I think): "The greatest conversion since St Paul". (Matched only by St Gav's almost 35 years later - where was he last Saturday?)

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