The South African Rugby Union seems to have balls enough to keep afternoon games even though a 7.30 game would be good for Tri Nations partners.
My kids have gone to one test only. 5.30pm Eden Park, Australia. They still say it was one of their most exciting nights and it played in Aussie at 2.30pm. Perfect.
And finally, the pub after tradition is dying with the night matches.
The reason that SA is allowed to get away with day games is the European TV market, which is bigger than Aus / NZ.
Wellington are called the Lions because of Leo their long-term mascot, who has been around since the 1950s, way before beer advertising was legal. Same reason that Waikato are called Mooloo, Taranaki is Ferdinand etc.. They’re the organic names.
If you want a naff non-organic nickname I’d have thought it’d be hard to go past BoP Steamers, and all associated connotations.
Just quietly BoP fans don't like "Steamers" either.
It’s even worse than the Turbos.
And I don’t say that lightly.
Counties-Manukau Steelers isn't too flash either.
i stand corrected about leo. i thought they had some guy in a funny top hat back in the day?
i remember seeing the BOP against the Central Vikings (remember them) in 1997 at the Rotorua 'Stadium'.....they had a great big volcano that went off every now and again, it was great! do they still do that? brought a whole new meaning to 'steamers'.
someone mentioned the radio, above, and indeed, that is often how i keep up with rugby matches these days. all a bit strange really, how i've gone back to how i used to digest the game when i was about 8 and there was only a one hour highlights show every saturday night at about 5pm. how else was one to follow Otago getting thrashed again (they weren't much good in the early 80s).
Counties-Manukau Steelers isn't too flash either
Yeah but that came from when they were just Counties (still) home of New Zealand Steel. So it does have relevance. and their mascot is Steely Dan!
i remember seeing the BOP against the Central Vikings (remember them) in 1997 at the Rotorua 'Stadium'.....they had a great big volcano that went off every now and again,
Dude, in Rotorua that was probably a real volcano :)
It's the "International Stadium" (seriously) and I can't remember a volcano when I was there in 05
Penalize people who happen to be in a nearby postcode and can't make it to the game? They do that in Australia and it's a crap idea, you can't talk about the game with anybody in another part of the country and plenty of people have legitimate reasons for not going along on the day. It ends up punishing spectators instead of encouraging them.
I agree.. and it's hardly gonna be possible as we move more and more towards non-geographically based TV transmission and reception models (i.e. the internet).
Hadyn, loving your work!