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After several weeks of Pommie Bashing in Australia, Bill Arthur attempts to redress the balance.Back to story
Trevor,I see we beat England in Rugby the other week. Tell me was that a country we beat or a state of Great Britain?
Posted 07:24 22nd November 2008
Neale Vaughan to respond to your reply. Exactly how long must Great Britain as a sports entity have to justify its existance, as being the primary national team/unit of the UK? Since 1896, when the first Olympics of the modern era came into being, the country has always been represented as Great Britain. The country is known giving its full title as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, so slagging us off for choosing to be represented in individual constituant forms, as England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales respectively, in certain sports is not wholly right! Although, personally I think you have a point here. However, for other reasons, I believe this has the effect in my opinion of dissipating the collective national effort! In all sports, personally speaking, I'd honestly prefer to be represented as Great Britain or better still, the United Kingdom! Anyway, not to forget, from a Rugby League standpoint, let me say how impressive & thoroughly enjoyable to watch has the Australian team's perfomance been to date! It has been a sheer delight to watch & almost poetry in motion. Something which other teams, including England (Or Great Britain for that matter) can only draw inspiration from & aspire to match! Good Luck to you (& NZ also) for the final on Saturday! Unfortunately, the England team were not up to it this time but by 2013, I think you may find it to be a different story by then!
Posted 13:49 20th November 2008
Trevor Fuller,you are the perfect example as to why us Aussies love Pommie Bashing, You mention about the Olympics and how Great Britain won more gold than us,what you forget to mention that it was 4 countries in1 team and if you break down how many Gold Medals England won you will see they won 14 and Australia won 15,yet again we beat you Poms.
Posted 04:11 20th November 2008
Hi Bill, I enjoyed reading your 'Bashing Back' article! While you're still down there in Aussie, you might also wish to remind (Twist the Kangaroo's tail, as it were!) our dear Antipodean 'kith & kin', that the Great Britain Olympic Team at Beijing in 2008 finished the Games in overall 4th place on the Medals Table, above Australia (In 5th or 6th place), acquiring both more Gold Medals & Total Nos. of Medals than did our esteemed, erstwhile, 'convict cousins' there as well! Keep up the good work, Bill!
Posted 14:37 19th November 2008