Friday, 7 November 2008

Back in black

It's been a momentous week.

A black man has been elected President of the United States.

A black man has won the Formula 1 World Championship.

And three black players occupied the back three positions for England against the Pacific Islanders yesterday.

Whilst the first two events were (rightly) hailed internationally, the selection of Paul Sackey, Delon Armitage and Ugo Monye had, in a small way, its very own significance. Setting aside the fact that all three had excellent games for England yesterday (and it's possible, just possible, that in Armitage we may finally have found someone to occupy the fullback birth for some considerable time), the fact that we now have 3 black players in the England team, with the likes of Danny Cipriani also having a West Indian father, a Maori playing at inside centre (a concept that I'm not wholly comfortable with if I'm honest) and the likes of Tom Varndell, Topsy Ojo and Steffon Armitage not too far away, demonstrates that English rugby is becoming far more representative of the diverse nature of the country as a whole.

And it certainly gives lie to the theory popularised by followers of Rugby League that Union remains the preserve of the white middle-classes.


Nursedude said...

Particularly white, middle class over 40 players...

While you are at it, can I have a Red Stripe beer to go with my curry and my Jerk Chicken?

No truth to the rumor that Mrs Obama will be referred to now as "The First Sister", instead of the First Lady.

Nursedude said...

Åfter being able to see England-France on delay the other day. I thought Armitrage was one of the best players for England-that was a cheeky drop goal from a tough angle that he scored on. Whatever problems England might have had in that game, it was not at fullback.