Sunday, 29 May 2011

What Good Sports

Today I discovered the coolest player in rugby...Frederic Michalak of the Barbarians casually sipping on champagne during the England v Barbarians game, and then go on to score a try smiling at the guy he had just dodged past. AMAZING!! Also hilarious description of him by the commentators, 'here comes the good Michalak', hinting at his absolute inconsistency, what a Barbarian.
Altogether a great game even if England did lose, but it was hard anyway to muster much support for the "England" squad which consisted mostly of old veterans (Charlie Hodgson still hasn't retired apparently!) and potential outsiders for the World Cup this autumn. Good to see Banahan being praised, obviously I'm an avid fan being from Jersey, really want to see more of him in international play- his sheer power and surprising pace at 6'7" makes for some exciting rugby when he breaks through defence. Also very impressed by Tim Visser who scored the Barbarians winning try two mins from the end. Had to look him up after the game, a Dutch rugby player very unusual, but apparently he qualifies to play for England- Johno snap him up, this guy has got potential!
Finally I have an incredible suggestion for Rugby Union- have the Barbarians as a wild card team in the World Cup, the team being made up of uncapped, retired, or unselected players. Remember you heard it here first, watch this space...

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