The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire Edition 21: Oct/Nov 2015 - Page 25
IS IT ME?
IS IT ME?
John Davies is a senior corporate partner at leading commercial law firm Thrings.
In each edition of TBE John addresses a topical news or business-related issue and
gives his thoughts in a frank and comical way. This edition discusses - The Rugby
World Cup 2015.
So, the Rugby World Cup 2015 has finally
come to England’s green and pleasant land
and it’s a funny old time isn’t it? It’s one of
those periods in life when it’s fair game to
go ‘tribal’, feel your roots, care about your
history and heritage and bring on the banter.
It’s the 6 Nations rivalry on steroids.
“It’s the 6 Nations
rivalry on steroids”
As a Welshman working in England I can
assure you it can be an absolute treat. I
can honestly say I’ve never been happier
than when England picked up the Webb
Ellis Trophy in 2003. It was a ‘glorious’ and
‘splendid’ time and I was delighted to hear
about the victory over and over and over
again... in fact I’m still hearing about it.
Thanks for sharing.
I don’t know about you but it’s also one
of those times in life when I feel even more
Welsh than usual. National pride comes to
the fore and deep-seated instincts kick in. We
in the British Isles haven’t had it so much with
the football because the Scots, the Welsh
and both Irish teams have struggled to qualify
for the big tournaments, so the RWC is our
chance to let it all out. And boy is it let out!
“It’s one of those times
in life when I feel more
Welsh than normal”
lost to Western Samoa. On this occasion
my office had been decorated with maps
showing me where Western Samoa was...
and pointing out that Wales were lucky not
to have been playing the whole of Samoa.
And do you know what? I loved it. And
I still love it. It’s all good fun. No one gets
hurt. And the laughs and camaraderie will
continue throughout the tournament (until
Wales are crowned champions).
So enjoy it. Bring on the funnies and in
that vein can I make a start?
What do you call an Englishman holding a
bottle of Champagne after playing Wales in
the RWC? The waiter.
During one World Cup Wales lost a match
and I came into work on the Monday to find
that my office had been papered from floor
to ceiling with various pictures of sheep to
cheer me up. At the 1991 tournament, Wales
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