24 October 2011

Cartoon Prophecy ended up with All Blacks laughing!

Stephen Donald was not a household name outside of rugby households and the Waikato. The All Black victory in the Rugby World Cup in Auckland last night has created all kinds of headlines, but Tom Scott's cartoon in The Dominion Post well check the date for yourself. Consider the cartoon ... followed by today's headlines in the UK Telegraph. It's a fickle old world, isn't it?

Rugby World Cup 2011: Stephen Donald steps up to join indomitable Richie McCaw for final moment of glory

What an extraordinary All Black and blue crew they looked. As the black tie party to end them all was already beginning here in the harbour, the men who had made a nation so giddy with happiness after a night of thunderous, heart-stopping drama were hobbling on to the long World Cup victory dias at Eden Park in various states of disrepair.

There was Stephen Donald, the No 10 who had replaced the No 10 who had replaced the No 10 who had replaced the No 10, looking so exhausted — understandably after having trained for a month on fishing and beer — that you feared he might not be able to reach the other end.

Dan Carter in training. Stephen Donald in the final.

Read the rest on The Telegraph's site.

Check out too Stephen Donald, the Hero of the RWC Final, though, taking nothing from Donald, a favorite of mine, he played his position. There were six different All Black players named as Man of the Match during this Rugby World Cup tournament. I don't think captain
Richie McCaw claimed any of those trophies, but his role couldn't be acclaimed highly enough.

It's a team sport.

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