The Chewsday Chew
Welcome to episode 23 of the Chewsday Chew.
Once more I say I’m amazed to have made it this far. I thanks all for displaying up every week, leaving a remark (or in Yowie’s case, 27 or so) and including your tuppence, thruppence, pound for a spherical, insult or basic harm to the agglomerate for the bonhomie of the mass.
Within the midst of poodling about for inspiration, I used to be drawn to the overall chit-chat of the final week. Therein I famous the feedback usually turned to satisfaction, legacy and remorse following the Wobblies vs Pumas recreation. Equally, fellow common Hoss and I additionally chatted about legacy and that chat appeared to the touch a nerve with just a few. So I assumed to maybe replicate on it right here and see the place the dialogue led thereafter.
What I wrote went a bit of one thing like this;
I’ve not ever been a Wobbly or performed Tremendous Rugby. So Matt Burke wouldn’t care what I say. However from very humble country-rugby origins, I’ve been privileged to have performed in over a dozen international locations, in stadiums and back-blocks, alongside internationals and no-bodies, for extra years than most of my teammates as of late have been alive, and for extra matches than I may presumably care to rely. Rugby has been extra than simply form to me.
However for the final 10yrs I’ve been nowt however a proud middle-grade warrior. My final recreation of good-quality 1st grade of any commonplace was a Premiership ten years now previous. However I hold truckin’ whereas I could. And a part of why I hold going, although what little velocity and abilities I could of ever had way back left the constructing, is as a result of I cherish the disparity – absolutely the rocks and diamonds – of what you typically discover within the center grades. As a result of between blokes who’re handed it, blokes who could sometime get it and blokes who simply by no means had it, there’s a magic that occurs sometimes when fellas who in any other case symbolize the quintessential terroir of the anti-athlete determine to place their physique behind the sort out, to drop their shoulder peak one other 6 inches within the ruck and make the brutally easy choice that they are going to maintain this patch of floor in the present day in opposition to whoever or no matter comes out of that opposing dressing shed.
When that occurs, when the unlikely develop into the nice, true gold is unearthed. In there lies the recollections – the legacy – of the hero’s and the villains of rugby life. And it give me goosebumps to talk of it as a result of it impacts me so deeply. It’s my drug – as elusive and amorphous as it’s.
And so, on the odd time I’m requested to talk earlier than a recreation, in no matter lower-grade, destined to be forgotten, suburban back-block dressing shed that Google Maps struggled to seek out, I just about at all times stress these easy factors about leaving a legacy;
Keep in mind the folks whose blood and toil made the jersey you put on now. We symbolize them. At present. Right here. Now. Whether or not we prefer it or not. Our obligation to them, and to the people who will come after us, is to present again that jersey richer for our efforts in the present day. We are going to put a sew within the material of our membership in the present day. That will likely be our legacy. The one query is, what kind of sew will it’s?
So I don’t care should you suck at footy. I don’t care you’re not a 1st grade legend. We’re not taking part in for sheep-stations. We’re solely bloody X grade. Nobody will keep in mind us besides us. However nonetheless, right here we stand.
So I solely care should you’re gutless. I solely care should you buckle. I solely care should you’re a coward when you will need to make that sort out, clear that ruck, run that line or make that catch, when that split-second counts.
And I solely care as a result of, when it’s all stated and executed, you and also you alone stay together with your recollections; the place bravery lives a second, and remorse lives ceaselessly. It’s in these moments that you just make your sew on this jersey. There lies your legacy.
‘For he in the present day who sheds his blood with me shall be my Brother’. These phrases have been for a special time, for a special place. However their that means suits right here, now, on this shitty recreation of X grade that nobody else will ever keep in mind. Why? As a result of years from now, when the names fade and the main points dim, how will you be remembered? Who will keep in mind you?
So run arduous. Deal with courageous. Play robust. Don’t simply pull in your boots, however fill your boots. The rating would be the rating. However right here, now, in the present day, be my Brother. And be proud since you made your sew worthy.
Make me keep in mind you. Be my brother.
Who gave one of the best pre-game chats you ever heard? Who gave the worst? Who would have been the funniest? Who do you would like you may have heard? Who would have been one of the best pre-gamer in historical past? What was stated earlier than Siberian minnows Krasny Yar surprised the Parisians Stade Francais in a surprising upset in October of 2017? Or earlier than Tonga beat France on the 2011 World Cup? Or earlier than Japan beat South Africa in September of 2015? Or earlier than Argentina beat New Zealand in November of 2020? Share your secrets and techniques and inform your tales under.