is a sometimes controversial rugby columnist
who writes for the New Zealand Herald. He is
a sports journalist who Times Online
referred to as "one of New Zealand's most
outspoken but admired sports critics". He
lives in Auckland and is married to fellow
journalist, Leeanne Moore.
Chris has articulated the growing sense of
unease at the effect of the Rugby World Cup
on other competitions: "I'm a committed
opponent of Graham Henry's rest and
reconditioning plan, New Zealand rugby at
its most cringe-inducing conceitedness. Hey
look at us — we're so important and winning
the World Cup is so vital to our sorry
little state, we're prepared to stuff up an
entire multimillion-dollar competition (the
Super 14) without regard for anybody else."
His hard-hitting columns and flair to offend
are often disliked, but that is part and
parcel of what Chris Rattue is about.
end this nightmare
Come on South Africa. Please, please,
If there is any justice in this world, the
Springboks will annihilate England in the
Rugby World Cup final on Sunday morning and
strike a blow for southern hemisphere
rugby's mad, crazy obsession with providing
a bit of entertainment.
England are in the World Cup final. England
are in the World Cup final. England are in
the World Cup final. You can repeat these
words over and over again, and they still
sound like a crazy nightmare.
Boring and hopeless England are in the World
Cup final ... it doesn't get any better.
absolutely no threat to the All Blacks
Thank goodness for the great World Cup
jersey fiasco this week. Apart from
recalling what the dastardly French did in
1999, when they cheated the All Blacks out
of their birthright by playing a spell of
blindingly brilliant rugby, it's been
difficult to get overly concerned about
Sunday's quarter-final in Cardiff.
So an apparel conspiracy and a delayed coin
toss to decide who wears the alternate strip
have stepped in to fill the build-up breach.
Not that it matters, because the All Blacks
could play in sackcloths and they'd still
stomp all over France.
World Cup wallowing
but for ankle biters
Hang on in there folks - the cavalry may be
on the way. And God knows, we need it.
The rugby World Cup could come alive when
Samoa takes on England in the early hours of
Sunday. Please let it be so because it has
been tough going so far, although mercifully
not as tough as the last cricket World Cup.
The match in Nantes is a classic David
versus Goliath in terms of resources at
least, although one report from France
actually suggested Samoa now wields the
sword while England will be firing pebbles.
48 hours: So far so
predictable, bring on the upsets
This Rugby World Cup needs something fierce
and unpredictable to bring it alive. With
luck, Samoa and Tonga might have sparked the
tournament to life overnight.
To date, the only unexpected result was
Argentina's opening win over France. Even
there, the world No 6 team beating the world
No 3 team is hardly momentous.
Georgia, who play with the elegance of the
Russian tractors their scrum used to train
against, were valiant and almost victorious
against a badly over-rated Irish side
Georgia were roared on by a brilliant crowd
as they smashed at the Irish line in the
final minutes. The Georgians also won
hearts, with their hulking players speaking
humbly in broken English afterwards.