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I have a lot of time for a national anthem that has the word "van" in it
given how close it is to Australia's, to one that was just a black rectangle....which I was completely in favour of.
There were two, actually quite substantial reasons it didn't gain widespread approval though - namely, people thought it brought to mind pirates, and more importantly it is also the flag of the Anarchist movement.
Hey, did you see that Graham Henry got awarded the International Pierre de Coubertin Trophy for Fairplay this year - on account of not griping about Wayne Barne's performance in the World Cup quarterfinal! Even I'm bemused by this, give he used it as an excuse in his submission to keep his job. It also implies that they agree that Wayne Barnes cocked everything up, otherwise where's the fairplay - he'd just be a coach who lost.
And one final thing that I'm sure you'll enjoy - the last rugby player to win this award for supreme sportsmanship was....your man Tana Umaga.
It seems he then attempted to balance it out by trying to kill Brian O'Driscoll
I've had from an Irishman at the mention of Tana Umaga's name in 3 years. You just suggested he tried to kill BOD, rather than kill him and then piss all over his skull. Progress is being made.
New Zealand : twinned with Wales, UK