It will be 40 years ago to the day this weekend that England captain John Pullin rose wearily to his feet in a smoked-filled room in the old Hibernian Hotel in Dublin, dodged a couple of incoming breadrolls, and uttered possibly the most memorable 13 words in rugby history: “Well we might not be any good but at least we turned up.”
Just a reminder sport is not always about winning at all costs.
Interesting that Rugby union was nominally amateur; I know amateur sport doesn’t really work (or so they say) but there is something noble about this amateur, Corinthian spirit.
I think it was Bob Dylan who said:
“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient and then repent at leisure.”
- somehow this reminds me of one or two from the world of pro-cycling.