Hello people of the rugby world, it’ me again: The 8cm Plastic Model of Ex-England Centre Will Carling.
That’ right, I’m not actually Will Carling, I’m just an 8cm plastic reproduction of the great man’s image.
Well, what a fiasco at HQ last week. The silly old French certainly made a mess of things didn’t they?
Philippe Georges Saint-André was a classic French winger in his day (even if I don’t think he ever had a plastic figure made of him), but, salutations to the gods, he does seem to be having a poor time of it as a coach.
Last Saturday, whilst watching the French coaching team destroy all hopes of victory and glory, I know I wasn’t the only one among us finding the thoughts of Sun-Tzu on the very tip of my plastic lips. Very cliché I know, but sometimes things are a cliché for good reason.
What I am about to write concerning Mr. Saint-André was probably said by one of the match commentators during the game and I missed it. And if not, it was certainly said by Mr. Inverdale or Mrs. Logan afterwards. Either way, I cannot help but say it again:
In military decisions
Officers and men;
In military appointments
Officers and men.
When an army is confused and perplexed
The feudal princes
Will cause trouble;
Chaos in the rank
And gives away
I know countess fans of rugby football have probably been saying the above all week, but I simply had to blurt it out. Forgive me for my weary pontificating.
That’s it for now, keep checking back for more insights and sage advice during the Six Nations.