September 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
I just read this article on Sport24 about how the Ozzy centers are looking forward to facing Brian O’Driscoll:http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/RugbyWorldCup2011/Wallabies-drooling-over-BOD-20110913
In that article they also mentioned that BOD is also Rugby World Magazine’s player of the Decade. I’ll repeat for effect!! Brian O’Driscoll was voted Rugby World Magazine’s player of the Decade!! Not the last 2 years, not the last 5 years, not from 2000 – 2003.. DECADE!!! Read for yourself:
I had to take out this guy’s quote, read this:
“HE STARTED the decade with a hat-trick in his first Six Nations Championship and finished it as one of the key reasons why Ireland went the whole of 2009 without suffering a defeat. So in the eyes of Rugby World there’s only one man who should be named Player of the Decade: Brian O’Driscoll.”
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME RIGHT!!?? You’re going to vote someone the player of the decade based on that!!?? At first I thought, maybe it’s just their player of the decade in the northern hemisphere but then I noticed that in their Team of the decade below are SOME southern hemisphere players as well:
Mils Muliaina – New Zealand
Jason Robinson – England
Brian O’Driscoll – Ireland
Matt Giteau – Australia
Shane Williams – Wales
Dan Carter – New Zealand
Agustin Pichot – Argentina
Gethin Jenkins – Wales
John Smit – South Africa
Carl Hayman – New Zealand
Martin Johnson (c) – England
Victor Matfield – South Africa
Richard Hill – England
Richie McCaw – New Zealand
Sergio Parisse – Italy
Subs: Rodrigo Roncero, Mario Ledesma, Sylvian Marconnet, Juan-Martín Fernández Lobbe, Fourie Du Preez, Jonny Wilkinson, Yannick Jauzion, Juan Martín Hernández.
At first glance I noticed no Gregan or Larkham & even though the Wallaby half backs did most their damage late 90’s – early 00’s, surely one of them deserved to be in the team, even if it on the bench. AND I DON’T EVEN LIKE THEM!!!
But I’ll let that slide coz the following quote caught my eye: “O’Driscoll may be our Player of the Decade, but he doesn’t captain our Team of the Decade. That honour falls to the captain without peer, England’s Martin Johnson. “ “WITHOUT PEER” he says!! Uhm, what about John Smit, the most capped captain of all time & also captain of a victorious rugby world cup, 2 tri nations & british & irish lions tour?? No, oh sorry that doesn’t qualify. And what about McCaw who probably got the best captaincy record between the 3 of them. More on him later.
Look, I’m not going to deny that BOD was arguably the best 13 the last 10 years or so but I could also say that Matfield was arguably the best 5 for the same period. And not only did he excel in his position, he’s also one of the (if not the) most decorated South African player of all time with domestic & international trophies galore!!!
And McCaw, who the same thing can be said about, minus a RWC medal ofcoz but a 3 time IRB player of the year since the award was first handed out in 2001. How in the hell could that be overlooked??
This article was obviously written by some bias, arrogant UK prick because I bet that if you ask the Aussies, SA, West Indies & India who their player of the decade in cricket is, you’ll probably get 4 different answers. But when it comes to Rugby, the honor of POD, for me is shared by Matfield & McCaw. And if I have to put my balls on the chopping block, I’m sorry SA fans but I’ll have to go for McCaw.
Check out my blog about the Boks needing to step up against Fiji: http://blogs.sport24.co.za/djp/boks-and-p-divvy-will-have-to-step-up