346. MrsDavy’s Guide to the Rugby World Cup 2015 #1

Have a seat MrsDavy. This might take some time.

I know that you are intelligent, charming, kind, courageous, generous and all those other things, but …. but we have to accept that you have the glimmer of the possibility of the beginnings of a flaw when it comes to rugby.

Which is why I will treat you as though you suffer from Person of a French Persuasion Syndrome: I shall speak very slowly and very loudly, and assume you have no prior knowledge of how to queue politely.

Let’s start with the basics.

1. The Rugby World Cup is held every four years.

2. It was first held in New Zealand in 1987.

3. This year it will be held in England. (Although a couple of matches will be played just over the border in Wales, so remember to pack your passport for when you’re crossing the Severn Bridge. And pack plenty of extra euro in case there’s an unexpected Wentry [Wales joining the Eurozone] while you’re there: you don’t want to get caught short of the folding stuff on a Saturday night in deepest darkest Cardiff when you raise the little matter of Bob Deans.)

3. The previous locations and results are:

RWC copy

4. Several important things to take from that history:

  • no team has won successive Cups
  • Southern Hemisphere teams have won 6 of the 7 Cups
  • New Zealand has never won the Cup overseas
  • France has never won the Cup, but has played in three finals
  • New Zealand, South Africa and Australia have each won the Cup twice.

That last point, of course, strikes you as unjust, unfair, unimaginable, and worrisome. It calls into question the moral basis of the universe. You wonder what Socrates and Augustine  and all the ancient and modern philosophers would have to say about something so plainly abhorrent to right-thinking persons.

Ah, the vexed issue of theodicy. We shall return to this again and again.


About Ned Davy

By hokey, the big fella’s tipped into his 50s. A rangy loose forward in his prime, good with the ball in hand, but rarely up with the play any more.
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2 Responses to 346. MrsDavy’s Guide to the Rugby World Cup 2015 #1

  1. Erin says:

    Good to have you back, Ned. I’m trying to educate an American friend about rugby and this is perfect fodder for him to become steeped in All Black history.

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