Saturday, 24 September 2011
Some of you may have heard that the Rugby World Cup is on at the moment and that it's being played in New Zealand. Now what happens if you are a person born in Liverpool. Despite rumours that around the time I was born there were only Liverpool Welsh, Liverpool Irish, Liverpool Scots, Liverpool West Indian and Liverpool Chinese some people actually think that Liverpool is in England. Of course it's not. So by birth I'm a Liverpool Lancastrian. By length of time I've lived in one place ie the Outer Hebrides of Scotland where I've lived well over half my days, I'm a Hebridean Scot.
I've never had any nationalistic tendencies because I tend (perhaps irrationally) to associate nationalism with extremism and intolerance. Of course that doesn't apply in matters of sport. Does it?
When I was a youngster and in the days of Gareth Edwards, possibly the greatest ever rugby player, I was a Wales Supporter. But that allegiance ended in the '70s (together with the Welsh team).
When I went to live half my year in New Zealand I got over the problem of which team to support by deciding that when I'm living in New Zealand I support the All Blacks and when I'm in Scotland I support the national team. Well that's the theory. Problem is that the heart tends to find the ABs more exciting and compelling.
At the moment I'm in France.
I'm afraid that I don't see Scotland making much headway. I think France will come second to the ABs in Pool A. I won't go any further but at the end of the day I can't see the ABs not being in the final.
And I'll be back in the Outer Hebrides to watch it!