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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Crazy Eights

In the build up to the Rugby World Cup this September, I’m going to write a regular feature on why you should make time to watch this brilliant tournament.

Much like Football, Rugby has rigid player numbers and on every rugby union team there is a number eight. These guys are usually the biggest knuckle draggers on the roster and play a similar role to a middle linebacker, albeit in both offensive and defensive play. They are also usually ever so slightly unhinged. In fact, unlike the other positions (Hooker, Scrum-half, Fly-half etc.), the position of Number 8 doesn't actually have a 'proper' name; It's just called 'Number 8' and everyone is just expected to understand.

"Shit, look at that caveman over there! What position does he play?"
"He's a number eight"

I love these guys, they are aggressive, vocal and always up for it; a bit like the French Number 8, a Monsieur Sebastian Chabal aka 'Sea Bass'. This guy is not only a stereotypical Number Eight but a stereotypical French man too. I'm fairly certain that if they let him play with a beret and a string of onions around his neck, he would do. Here he is doing what he does best:


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At 7:24 pm, Anonymous Extra P. said...

Excellent. My roomate in college was a rugby player, but I never got into it. But I love that video.

At 7:00 am, Anonymous Sanchez said...

Thanks, yeah it is a pretty good vid. Rugby is what gets me through the football off-season.

At 10:11 pm, Anonymous Rugby World Cup Fan said...

Hi, i agree with you about the number 8 position. çi had a boyfriend who was a rugby player, and it's true.

By the way, i just cant wait to see the World Cup... congratulations for your blog.


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