That is the question:
Whether tis nobler in the mind to lose
The scrums and tries of outrageous fortune,
Or to take penalties against a sea of nations,
And by opposing end them? To kick: to win;
No more; And without a win to say we lose
The heart ache and the four million natural shocks
That nation is an heir to, ’tis a humiliation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To kick: to win;
To win: perchance a dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in the World Cup what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this muddy pitch,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of 80 long minutes;
For who would bear the cuts and bruises of time,
The oppressor’s line out, the proud man’s try,
The pangs of despised linesmen, the injury delays,
The insolence of drop kicks and the mauls
That patient merit of the unworthy penalty,
When a player himself might his team make
With a black jersey? who would expect much,
To grunt and sweat under a weary scrum,
But that the dread of failure after defeat,
The 100% pure country from whose bourn
No winner returns, puzzles they will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than cheer on others that we know not of?
Thus rugby does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of determination
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great strength and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the game in action. – Go Hard!
The Mighty All Blacks! Strength, in thy Haka
Be All our Blacks remember’d.
– Inspired from Hamlet by Lisamaree
Shakespeare could have written for the All Blacks, for indeed in recent World Cups theirs has been a tradgedy.
However, today is the day! The world zooms in on New Zealand to watch the best rugby teams in the world, plus a few hangers on ruck it out in the Rugby World Cup. Will the All Blacks finally end their World Cup drought? Only time will tell over the coming weeks. The All Blacks have had an up and down year so far with some justified loses to the Wallabies. Hopefully those loses can fuel the All Blacks determination.
Unfortunately, I won’t be watching it at home here. The Rugby World Cup has it’s own dedicated cable channel on Now TV in Hong Kong. This one channel alone costs twice as much as our entire current cable service! I’m sorry, but I won’t be taken in by extortion. Instead, I will head down to the bars and pubs and watch some of the games over a drink with friends and acquaintances (most of whom support the Wallabies, but I forgive them) in a more social atmosphere worth paying for.
My blood runs black, so win or loose I will be screaming for the All Blacks. Having said that, the most important thing is to see a good game. As much as I hate to see them loose, I can be gracious in defeat if the team that beats my beloved All Blacks does so because of great game play and superiority. You have to respect a team that can go out and overcome the greatest team in the world. 😉