The Sporting Chameleon

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Bismarck and The Beast

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THE Lions have rung the changes for the second test bringing in five new faces.

Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald come into the backs with Simon Shaw slotting into the second row.

But it is in the front row where changes were needed most after Bismarck du Plessis and Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira dominated the first test scrum.

English duo Phil Vickery and Lee Mears have been dropped in favour of Welshmen Adam Jones and Matthew Rees, but it is not Vickery’s or Mears’ fault for they were never going to stand a chance against two men named Bismarck and The Beast.

A man called Bismarck du Plessis was never going to become a plumber from Pontefract.

As soon as Mr and Mrs du Plessis decided to name him after a sunken, World War II, German warship, he was destined to become an international hard man.

He could have become a wrestler, a fighter pilot or a lion tamer, but inside “settled” for a job tormenting English front-rows.

Similarly no dentist has ever had the nickname “The Beast”.

Walking onto the field knowing you are about to go head-to-head with “The Beast”, I imagine, is not a pleasant experience and Vickery, despite all his experience, understandably crumbled.

Mtawarira was born and raised in Zimbabwe and for all I know his name may translate as Brick Sh*thouse, but he knew it was not going to make much of an impact in the English-speaking world of rugby.

So he became The Beast and as the Lions found out, you just cannot compete with that.

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  1. That was the funniest thing ive read all day.
    Thanks for the laugh.
    Kiwibok

    Gerrard

    June 26, 2009 at 6:11 am


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