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And this is news?

What are the Wallabies?

Apparently, over there in the country the world forgot – aka The Shaky Isles – the Australian Rugby Union team lost 20 – 6 to the New Zealand All Blacks in the semi final of the World Cup.

Now, this might be a big deal to the Kiwis.

And it might even be a big deal to Aussies living in NSW & Queensland (although, as I understand it, Rugby Union is only the minor code of the game and they’re more into something called Rugby League up there).

But, to those of us in the rest of the country and particularly in Victoria, it’s like this:

TELL. SOMEONE. WHO. CARES.

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18 Comments

  1. Iain, today has been a great day for Australian sports fans. Australia v NZ in two sports: league and union. One win, one loss. Can’t win them all, even against the Kiwis.

    Why aren’t Victorians particularly interested in supporting Australian teams? Seems weirdly unpatriotic? 🙂

  2. Ray just why did you post this here? Because I certainly don’t care.

  3. GD says:

    Ray, really, you shouldn’t say insulting, offensive or humiliating things about a minority. Although I have zero interest in sports like this, even I know that the Rugby Union in NSW almost never gets a mention in the MSM. They are definitely a minority group. So by law we should always be polite and kind to them and their sport. Not a race you say? Give it time. Laws like this have a tendency to proliferate.

    section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which outlaws public acts that are likely ”to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person or group

    btw I much prefer women’s beach volleyball,

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/free-speech-or-hate-speech-how-offensive-can-you-be-20110402-1csit.html#ixzz1axE5MzgS

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    Why aren’t Victorians particularly interested in supporting Australian teams?

    There’s a reason that Melbourne is known as the ‘Sports Capital’ and it’s because Victorians are arguably the strongest sporting supporters in the country. However, we Victorians are also a bit more discerning than other States and, when it comes to supporting a game of thugs played by no-necked meatheads known as rugby, we just can’t see how anyone can actually call that sport.

  5. Ray Dixon says:

    why did you post this here? Because I certainly don’t care.

    I know, Frances, and neither do I, but the point is that the Herald Sun (a Victorian paper) had this “news” splashed all over its website last night, much to our bemusement. Besides, there were no good ‘commie conspiracy’ stories but I’ll be on the look out for one just for you.

    GD, you still haven’t got over it? Here’s how it works: we have something called the RACIAL DISCRIMINATION Act. We have had it since 1975 and the idea is you don’t insult people on the basis of their race. Rugby ain’t a “race” it’s a sport, so it’s anything goes & open slather on the sport and anyone who plays it, unless you say something to offend the Maoris in the All Blacks team – then you’ll get belted.

  6. Damage says:

    If that’s the game they play in Heaven then I’m becoming a lefty so i don’t end up there. I’d rather be in hell playing AFL than endure 80 minutes of that again. Garbage game.

  7. Angel says:

    Hope you at least gave Casey Stoner a hooray Ray

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ray – do I detect some resentment towards a football code that is one of the minnows in Australia in terms of audience numbers and financing, but is able to play on the ultimate international stage? I’m always bemused at the concept of the “All Australian” team for the AFL. Okay that’s the team… but who are they going to play while wearing the national colours?

  9. Ray Dixon says:

    ‘Anonymous’,
    No, I don’t resent rugby union or rugby of any kind. I am bemused by it.
    PS: Do try to think of a screen name and fill in the email box next time, okay?

  10. “a game of thugs played by no-necked meatheads ”

    That’s bemusement? I would hate to see resentment! 🙂

  11. Ray Dixon says:

    That’ not bemusement or resentment – it’s an accurate description of rugby.

  12. Here’s the amusing thing. You state that Victorians like sport, but that the rugbies cannot be called a sport:

    “…Melbourne is known as the ‘Sports Capital’ and it’s because Victorians are arguably the strongest sporting supporters in the country… we just can’t see how anyone can actually call that sport.”

    Then you take this definition and use it as an objective description of reality:

    “…it’s an accurate description of rugby.”

    Deconstructing definitions, and reconstructing them to form a preferred view of reality. How very leftist. You could get a job writing the new national school curriculum with all of that post-modernist critique. 🙂

  13. Ray Dixon says:

    OJ, you’re taking it way too seriously. Go for a run.

  14. There is nothing more serious than the greatest game of all: rugby league!

  15. Iain Hall says:

    Typo what typo??
    TOJ , welcome to the Sandpit and while I’m not a sports fan I do appreciate the value of respecting the religion of my fellow Queenslanders

  16. Ray Dixon says:

    Hmm, I dunno if Karmichael & Israel reckon it’s ‘the greatest’. Not in $ terms at least.

  17. Luzu says:

    Damage,
    That game was brilliant. If you can’t follow the rules, don’t watch it.
    Or maybe you’re pissy because Australia lost?

  18. Iain — autocorrecting comments. What more can one ask for? 🙂

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