I felt pretty bad for Brian O’Driscoll when I heard that he had been the victim of foul play against some rugby thug in France during a World Cup warm up match. Bad, but secretly relieved that he hadn’t suffered the fractured sinus and lacerated face on NZ terra firma. Thank god, I thought. He won’t be calling up his publishers and putting poison pen to paper again on his outlook concerning those cheating, spear tackling kiwi rugby players.
So I was a bit horrified to discover the culprit in Bayonne wasn’t a French man at all, but yes; a New Zealander. The British press no doubt will have a field day with the fact that Makaera Tewhata is of course a Maori from the land of the long white cloud. I wouldn’t be surprised if soon there was a conspiracy theory floated after this regarding the NZRFU paying off New Zealand rugby players abroad to target potential threats to the All Blacks. Poor old BOD must feel that he is always in the firing line and I finally concede that he has some right to feel bitter.
It is terrible for O’Driscoll less than a month out from the Rugby World Cup tournament. I admit I did not like him after the witch hunt launched on Tana Umaga during the 2005 British & Irish Lions tournament (helped along of course by Alastair Campbell; a man who as far as I’m concerned has Iraqi blood on his hands, and the ever snivelling ‘Sir’ Clive). O’Driscoll of course had a right to feel disappointed and aggrieved, but as a one eyed New Zealand rugby supporter, I do feel that the spear tackle in that tournament was indeed very dangerous (proven by a dislocated shoulder), but not intentional.
However, with brainless idiots like Tewhata bringing shame on us, his people, and acting as he has done this week, I wouldn’t blame O’Driscoll and Irish rugby supporters for feeling anger towards New Zealand rugby. I just hope BOD can recover in time for the tournament, because without him, it will be a lesser event.