Archive for April 30th, 2011

The Rugby Players of Suva

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Fijians love rugby and we love to watch them play even though we don’t understand a thing about it. This is what we’ve learned so far…

A guy on the sideline tries to throw the bladder to a mate out on the field who is hoisted into the air by his shorts and lots of helping hands on his thighs and crotch. We call this the Flying Wedgie.

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The opposing guys do the same thing and one of them ends up with the ball. We call this the Chicken Fight.

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Then the ball goes way down to the ground from these great heights and into the well known Scrum.

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Suddenly it wobbles out on to the grass with a shocking lack of interest from the Scrumming men who continue to crush each other as hard as possible. Eventually it gets scooped up.

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Then there’s some old fashioned running and the occasional kick towards the goal posts.

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And the whole thing starts over.

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Chicken fights, wedgies, headbutts, running and kicking… what’s new is really old. Again we learn that people are the same all over the world.

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