I’ve been up since 2 am, religiously watching the Rugby World Cup final. The day before my final HSC exam. Priorities? Could be better. Do I care? Absolutely not. I’ve been studying non stop since Tuesday afternoon.


I’m so bloody proud to be an All Blacks supporter. That black and silver definitely runs in my veins, and I’m not afraid to betray Australia and support the men in black as they continue their reign in international rugby. Today’s match was a masterclass in international rugby. And not only from Dan Carter, who was rightfully named Man of the Match for setting up 19 of New Zealand’s 34 points against the wallabies in his last game with the All Blacks.

While my heart breaks because I won’t be seeing Carter demolish the Wallabies with the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup next year, my heart is bursting with the amount of pride, joy and excitement that stems from watching an absolutely incredible Rugby World Cup Final.

The cohesion between the All Blacks is unmatched. Their finesse on the field, whether it be Ma’a Nonu, Richie McCaw or Ben Smith, is something else. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team as well structured and skilled as the All Blacks. And this isn’t my favouritism speaking. In any match they play, the All Blacks are poised, ready and bring an art to a sport that is quite physical and at times injury intensive.

I wish I could have gone to England and supported my men in black live, but obviously, education before entertainment and all that, so I’ve had to suffice with watching matches on the days I don’t have exams, keep up with press releases and highlights, and pray that the All Blacks reign once again (Which they obviously did)

Dan Carter’s drop goal was incredible. His execution was flawless, and this isn’t just my bias speaking.

So on a Sunday morning, where I’ve been up since 2 am, there are low key celebrations in our household, and many bets to collect from friends who should know that the All Blacks will always reign on.

My mission post hsc is to find a number 10 jersey somewhere on the internet, buy it and keep it up in my room with all the other inspirations I have lining my walls and doors.

xx Simran

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