Revelation of the Heart

Today we witnessed the revelation of the Rugby World Cup Jersey to be worn by the Wallabies in Japan come September.

RWC2019 Wallabies Jerseys

With little surprise, the reaction from the rugby community could be best described as “mixed.” With the majority of comments being negative or indifferent.

What struck me in watching the reactions unfold, was the sheer number of people longing for yester-year. With numerous calls to return to the jersey of 2000-2002. A genuine green and gold jersey rather than the canary yellow we’ve grown accustomed to over the last decade or so.

2000-2002 Wallabies Jersey

A jersey I loved. A jersey I still love, wearing it more often than not, although mine is not in such good condition.

Why do so many want to return to this jersey? Does everyone actually prefer the gold as a more pleasing aesthetic? Or is there something else going on?

Today was indeed a revelation, but not simply revealing a new jersey, but revealing the heart of a nation sick of losing. I reckon so many Australians long for the old jersey hoping it will somehow turn the tides of our misfortune on the scoreboard.

2002 was the last time the Wallabies lifted the Bledisloe cup. The most prized possession of an Australian Rugby fan. And with few exceptions the Wallabies at that time were generally successful. The Rod McQueen era was marked by pride in the jersey, and there was an inextricable link between that jersey and success.

Unfortunately pulling on that jersey will do little to change our fortunes. If you are disappointed in the 2019 RWC jersey, please don’t blame Asics. Blame almost 2 decades of poor rugby.

Pulling on the jerseys of the past won’t magically win us a World Cup. We need a radical transformation from the inside out. Putting on a facade won’t improve our fate.

All too often in life, we try and improve our fortunes by making superficial adjustments to our exterior, rather than doing the hard work to be transformed from the inside out.

Paul urges the believers in Rome to be transformed in view of God’s mercy;

  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Romans 12:1-2

The heart of the issue is not what’s on the outside, but what’s going on within.

If we’re ever going to stop being a pack of losers, we need to embrace radical transformation from the inside out.

Bring on RWC 2023…

Intention to Terminate

Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union have declared an intention to terminate Israel Folau’s contract unless any mitigating circumstances are presented.

They have not been able to make contact with him to discuss directly. Instead opting to flag impending termination.

Holding orthodox Christian views and presenting them publicly is no longer acceptable to Rugby Australia.

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Checklist for failure

A game of rugby can be an absolute thing of beauty, but it can also be a real dogs breakfast. The sheer complexity of the laws when combined with an over exuberant referee and a group of players with little to no law knowledge is like a slow motion car crash, you don’t want to look, but you simply can’t look away.

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Your Opinion does not Dictate Reality

Dangerous tackles deserve tough sanctions in my opinion (discussed here) but the discussion surrounding the red carding of Sio Tomkinson of the Highlanders (the video can be found here) is mind boggling. From keyboard warriors to “respected” news outlets all crying foul of what is a reasonable open and shut case. Continue reading “Your Opinion does not Dictate Reality”

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Being a Waratah’s fan is hard work. We have more than a few fair weather supporters, but we don’t have a lot of fair weather to report.

In a game which had high error rates, a penalty count of 26 and multiple disallowed tries there was an air of inevitability of a Waratahs defeat.

We specialise in well constructed multiple phase play, followed by an error that would get you dropped from an under 11’s side. Tonight did not disappoint.

But the greater disappointment is there is no surprise. This is Waratah’s rugby.

Try as he might, Michael Hooper (Waratah’s captain) must be getting tired of ‘finding the positive’ in subpar performances on an endless loop.

With two minutes to go, the Waratah’s were awarded a kickable penalty. Bernard Foley is an excellent kicker with a career average above 80%. Victory was there for the taking.

But our Waratah DNA took over. It missed to the left.

Awarded a penalty in the 84th minute (4 minutes into injury time) on our own 5 metre line. It would take something special to go 95 metres for an unlikely victory. The Tah’s didn’t have the courtesy of making their mistake early, rather waiting 20 odd phases, 2 penalties and 65 metres to make that inevitable mistake.

Welcome to 2019 Waratah Fans.