Hi, its Rodd here,
I hope you have all been enjoying the Rugby World Cup so far. Originally coming from New Zealand where rugby is basically a religion I am used to all the names and symbols associated with the sport. You all probably know of the Japan team’s name “the Brave Blossoms” and their symbol the Sakura flower, but another team with a flower is Scotland…
Regularly played at national rugby and football matches, “Flower of Scotland” evokes the country’s very significant victory against England at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, led by Robert the Bruce. The song itself is named after Scotland’s national emblem – the thistle flower.
As you can see it is quite thorny, so watch out for a thorny match against Scotland this Sunday Japan…
Next up is a team most people know, they go by a few names, the Kiwis, the Silver Ferns, or their most famous name – the mighty “All Blacks”. The three time World Cup winners are the highest ranked team of any sport in the world for the consecutive number of wins they have. The emblem on their shirt is the silver fern, which is a silver coloured native species of fern found only in New Zealand.
Next up is the green and gold of Australia. The Aussies are also known as the Wallabies and are two time World Cup winners. A wallaby belongs to the kangaroo family and is native to Australia. Australia are a great team and being from just across the Tasman sea have a great competitive bond with New Zealand. I will also pick Aussie to win if it is not the All Blacks playing. We are after all ANZAC brothers – the ANZACS(Australia New Zealand Army Corps) fought alongside each other in both world wars, and the Korean and Vietnam wars as well.
Next we have South Africa. Also wearers of green and gold – but more green than gold, also known as the Springboks and also two time World Cup winners. A Springbok is a medium sized antelope known for its speed and agility. South Africa are a great team and usually put on a strong game.
Finally for this entry we have the Lions. This is the national team of England and a one time winner of the World Cup. The Lion name comes the Barbary lion, which is a national animal of England. In the Middle Ages, the lions kept in the menagerie at the Tower of London were Barbary lions. English medieval warrior rulers with a reputation for bravery attracted the nickname “the Lion”: the most famous example is Richard I of England, known as Richard the Lionheart.
However the English rugby teams actual symbol they wear on their shirt is a rose. Nobody really knows why it is a rose, but there are a couple of theories, one to do with the war of the roses(1455 – 1485). The other theory is that the red rose was chosen because the England rugby shirt was based on the colours used by Rugby School, where the game is reputed to have originated. The School’s founder Lawrence Shefford was presented with a coat of arms by Elizabeth I and was allowed to use her red rose on the crest. This was then incorporated into the England shirt.
There are of course many other teams and many other symbols, which perhaps we can read bout next time. Well good luck to all the teams in the coming few weeks, but for me “Go All Blacks!”
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