As New Zealand sits on the edge of its collective seat, holding its breath (or not) in nervous anticipation of tonight’s Rugby World Cup final between the All Blacks and Les Blues, Homepaddock brings you exclusive coverage of the considered opinion and advice of international experts.
Jane Austen: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a team in possession of a good record, must be in want of a World Cup.
William Wordsworth: Earth has not anything to show more fair, dull would he be of soul who could pass by a team so stirring in its majesty.
Margaret Mahy: When you are playing, someone has done a lot of work on your
behalf, someone has had ideas and has then coached and corrected and improved
them so that they can be shared.
William Shakespeare: What’s in a game? That which we call the Cup won by any other team would not smell as sweet.
Charlotte Bronte: Let your performance do the thinking.
A.A. Milne: When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.
Jenny Shipley: Too often the desire for the World Cup has been expressed by women while the stewardship of the mechanisms which are used to attempt to secure the Cup in the short and medium term are dominated by male decision-making structures and informal arrangements. This must change.
Winston Churchill: I would say to the team . . . I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us 80 long minutes of toil and struggle.
Margaret Thatcher: If you lead a team like the All Blacks, a strong team, a team which has taken a lead in sporting affairs in good times and in bad, a team that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
William Blake: We shall not cease from mental fight, nor will the ball rest in our hands until we have won the World Cup in New Zealand’s green and pleasant land.