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Scarves on Statues – Michael Jones

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

Michael Jones is a New Zealand icon and considered, by those who know of such things, to be one of the greatest All Blacks ever to play rugby. What I know about Michael Jones could in the immortal words of Bob Semple be written on the back of a postage stamp with a builder’s pencil, so I won’t take up much of your time.

I know he played flanker (dude that clings onto the side of scrums and does what exactly I’m not really sure). He scored the first ever try of the first ever Rugby World Cup at Eden Park, Auckland, in 1987 – depicted in this statue outside our national stadium. And he was a deeply religious man who refused to play rugby on Sundays.

According to his Wikipedia page, he was once asked why a man so religious was so good at the brutal, unchristian like activity of tackling in the game of rugby. His reply was a quote from the Bible – “it is better to give than to receive”.

This applies to any sport, particularly in Rome, the home of the Catholic religion, where Roma fans have found themselves on the receiving end of a couple of negative results in recent weeks. However with Juventus still only six points ahead, and yet to travel to the eternal city, hopefully there is still enough giving ahead of us to make things interesting over the Sundays ahead as we strive towards the kind of receiving that is the exception that proves the rule – receiving trophies.


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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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