Scottish Rugby News and Opinion


Antipodeans Diss Wales

Well, not really, but it’s the sort of headline the Scotsman/Daily Mail would love, eh what? It seems that Wales’ Millenium Stadium in Cardiff may be the best rugby stadium in the world with the worst pitch.

After watching endless people fall, slip and stumble around out in the middle (and not just when Al and I caught The Boss in concert there), now Rocky Elsom and Richie McCaw have piled on, with criticisms of the pitch as “mud painted green” disguised as a preview of their recent Tri-Nations fixture, which was played on a pitch in Melbourne not normally used for rugby. The All Blacks went on to win the game.

Sadly, Peter De Villiers was unavailable for comment. However here is some other rubbish he has come out with, courtesy of the lovely chaps over at The Rugby Blog.

What about you – best and worst pitches you have ever played on?

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  1. One of our lower teams at school used a pitch that was on a fairly steep gradient, not too bad in itself, however the final part of the in goal area was actually part of the school pond. On a wet day, you could fairly easily end up in said pond when scoring a try… Or at least that was there excuse for being bobbins, and not scoring try’s. Come to think about it, maybe the Scottish backs went to my school. It’s also the only time I’ve heard a coach yell “you are such a dick” at a kicker for nailing a conversion… Right through the posts, and right into the pond…. although, in a similar vein, if I’m not mistaken, Big Jim Telfer was yelling NOOOOOO, as Guscott lined up the drop goal that won the 97 lions test series.

    As a slightly related sidetrack… Away changing rooms… Now there is something that you could write a book on… We played a team down in Yorkshire once, and I swear I got cholera from their showers. I’ve also been to away games that simply didn’t have changing rooms for the visiting team… Getting changed on the side of the pitch in the pissing rain, surrounded by jeering, inbreed locals… What’s not to love!

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