The Art of the Australian Insult

Small beer
July 31, 2008, 4:21 am
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“In its centenary year rugby league has been revealed as fairly small beer in global terms, and faces the prospect of a diminished place in the hierarchy of Australian sport. The first step in ensuring its future is to dispense with its well-developed propensity for self-delusion.”

Professor David Rowe offers a dispassionate assessment of rugby league in the wake of the defection of Sonny Bill Williams and Mark Gasnier to French rugby union.

Wait – hell hath no fury like an NRL fan scorned
July 16, 2008, 5:41 am
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Fans are not happy about Mark Gasnier’s decision to play rugby union for Stade Francais. Here’s a selection of comments as quoted in the Daily Telegraph:

“Au revoir Gaz. If you prefer money to the loyalty of fans, good riddance.”

“overrated, overpaid and no big loss.”

“turncoat who has ended the Gasnier legacy.”

“Bye bye Gaz. Played less than 40 percent of your contract, now you leave the club that made you…pathetic leader, pathetic team player.”

“We’re asked to drive 70km in the cold to watch games in empty stadiums that cost a fortune. People like Gaz forget the fans paying to watch made him what he is today.”

Au revoir
July 16, 2008, 1:12 am
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Hell hath no fury like an NRL legend scorned:

“Mark Gasnier is a wonderful player, but if he is so driven by money that he wants to go and play rugby union in France, I say au revoir. I just don’t think Gasnier is worth the drama.”

So writes Gorden Tallis of Mark Gasnier’s decision to play rugby union for Stade Francais. Later Gasnier responded:

“I think he’s probably a bit ill-informed, and I’ll be happy to give Gorden a phone call and explain the situation… to emphasise that it’s not about the money.”