I’ve been down at the Wellington fanzone listening to the Marine band. Last time I was close to marines on the wharf I was protesting against nuclear power and arms in the late 70s. This band is great and the crowd really appreciated them. Wonderful gesture sending them over.
Later I will watch South Africa play Fiji. Again countries with which we have had periods of rough relationships. No secret that notwithstanding the fact that I was playing rugby in the King Country during the tour I was arrested for protesting against it in 1981. And Fiji can best be described as an ongoing problem.
Don’t know who I want to win. South Africa the favourites but them being run round the paddock and suffering a few big hits won’t harm the All Black chances.
Then down to a pub to cheer for the Irish.