By the way, I'm fed up of the BBC telling me that the Wales #10 shirt is wonderful and special etc. Its the feathers on the front that make it special; there are plenty of fine Welsh players who never played at 10!
That is true, yet the number 10 jersey has been iconic in Wales for generations, it is both an honour and a burden to wear it for Wales. Indeed, I think Priestland has had a wobbly 6 Nations so far, it's time for him to live up to Wales' expectations and rip Italy and France wide open to get us a Grand Slam!
Yeah, but everywhere in sport I've seen an iconic jersey, it ends up with the weight of pressure pushing down horrendously on a single player. The media tell us that certain shirts mean more than others - to a point that's true of #10 everywhere in rugby - but I'm sure no-one in Wales would be happy if they had 14 crap players + 7 crap substitutes and a genius at #10.
I believe part of the make-up of a truly successful team is a sense of collective responsibility. (which imo accounts for much of Wales' recent success because I doubt Gatland/Edwards are seduced by the romanticism) Too often, I've seen teams across sport simply wait for a star player to do something, or someone in a 'special' historic position.
I think the most important thing in playing for an international rugby team should be the feathers/rose/thistle/shamrock/cockrel/springbok/puma/wallaby/silver fern on the front of it, because an international shirt is also both an honour and a burden, and singling one player from a team out makes their job ten times more difficult. If they're all equally in the pressure cooker, the pressure is shared.
Hey, I am an England fan and will admit the decision was right. I don't know if the ball was grounded or not as there was no way to prove either way, so the rules are that without proof it is not a try. Fair play to Wales fo pulling it back and the end result was an good game from both sides, though not sure my heart can tak many more of those endings....
I can not abide poor camera direction during coverage of live sporting events, this afternoon's display by the BBC of Wales v Italy was ****ing piss poor.
Also posted in the rant thread, I'm that pissed off.