A Macquarie Research paper for the Aussie business community on why they think the Wallabies will win on Saturday. Let’s hope that their “scientific” approach is the wrong one.
If you didn’t know already, and you could be forgiven if you didn’t, Mari Cha IV is now the fastest monohull in the world, having crossed the Atlantic in 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds, beating the existing transatlantic record by over two days.
However uninterested you are in the world of yachts and yacht racing it is an undeniably impressive looking boat. What’s more she’s British.
One of the more interesting details of the boats construction is that her predecessor, predictably called Mari Cha III and also a previous holder of the same record, was four foot longer and weighed in a 109 tons. Technology advancement has enabled the owner, Bob Miller, to construct his new toy out of carbon so that she weighs less than half as much.
So the first weekend of the 2003 Rugby World Cup has passed by without a hitch, or has it?
Although it’s certainly true that all the home nations managed to avoid major slip-ups it is hardly encouraging that the Scots struggled to beat Japan, and even less so that England’s destruction of Georgia (fair play to the opposition, by the way, who held their heads up to the end) came at a cost of three scrum halves.
Would it not be so typically British to enter a competition as hot favourites only to bomb out badly in the relatively early stages having exhausted our supply of replacement half-backs? Bracken looks to be a goner (his back pains are an old injury) and both Dawson and Gomarsall will now be carrying injuries which the South Africans will be hoping to exploit at the weekend. Martyn Wood (Bath) is being flown in as cover, just in case.
Grewcock, I now gather, is also out for two games with that big wusses injury: a broken toe. This caused, no doubt, by the modern habit of wearing football boots on the Rugby field instead of proper old-fashioned footwear with metal toecaps.
I wonder if the toughness of Woodward’s training techniques is going to come back to haunt England in their hour of need.