>It has to be said (as Fitzy would), full credit to the French-
>magnificent. Although as a Kiwi I have to be a little(!) sad, and my
>support for the AB's remains unconditional. Wins come and go, but the
>AB's are a permanent feature of top class rugby and more often than not
>they're good performers, but now France has the oppurtunity to do
>something unprecedented (correct me if I'm wrong)- a Soccer - Rugby
>World Cup Double.
Yes of course it would be unprecedented. Do you rate NZ, Oz and SA as
top class soccer nations that even could come close to winning a
Soccer World Cup? I wouldn't think so. The question remains: does
anybody care? Soccer and Rugby are the two major sports in France and
they're doing quite well in both. In the same way the USA have a
double World Championship in, say, Baseball and Basketball and could
Aussie get the double in Cricket and Rugby.
>The French build up in the soccer World Cup 98 was similar in their
>close opening matches, however, by the end of the tournament they were
>all class and won deservedly. If France can repeat this in the rugby
>world cup 99 you can't help but feel it would be a great achievement.
The difference was that the French soccer team had an excellent record
in the years before the World Cup. They had been losing a game or two,
but didn't lose too much more than that. They were WC favorites right
from the start and peaked at the right moment. The Rugby team was
having a poor run before the Cup and were expected to lose against
Fiji and every team they played after that. Still, they found their
game when it's exactly needed. Going to be a cracker of a final.
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