It would be very remiss of me not to have some mention of the ongoing Rugby World Cup currently being played in New Zealand. I love rugby. Always have, although now it is purely as a spectator and not a participant.
In school I played rugby from the age of seven up to about fifteen, when sadly I realized that I could get away without having to participate in sports at school anymore, and so I made an unfortunate decision that many teenagers make: I quit. I have since regretted that decision, but nothing to do about it now. That was then and I was, like so many of us, young and stupid.
Anyway, watching the game has always remained with me, although only on the World Cup level (much like football). I was watching the game live in 2003 when England raised the Webb Ellis Trophy aloft after Johnny Wilkinson’s magical drop goal only seconds before the end of overtime. What an awesome moment in the sport that was. The following cup they battled back as the defenders of the crown from a poor performance in the pool games to make it once more to the finals, but this time they were beaten by a better team.
Now we find ourselves in 2011 and so far England’s performance is, as per this amateur, on track. They should go through the pool round without suffering, and then it’ll be “go for it” time in the knock out rounds. The next pool game is on September 24 against Romania. I am not going to jinx it by making any bold proclammations, but I am hoping their form continues.
For those of you keeping tabs on team Canada, you will surely recognize this man, whose beard is becoming more famous than the tournament itself. Go team Canada and Adam Kleeberger!