Sitting here in Melbourne after a week of a corporate event. Last night we rented out a pub, and Stu Wilson gave the group an introduction, did the “haka” by himself, and drank a pretty impressive amount of beer. Today, we took the whole crew over to watch the second match of the Rugby World Cup between the All Blacks and Italy. As part of the festivities, Eric Rush gave one of the funniest speeches I’ve ever heard. Rich stuff. Talking about meeting with the queen, nicking ashtrays out of Buckingham palace, a teammate asking Princess Di out and that sort of stuff.
I sat at Stu’s table and he was a real friendly and hilarious guy. Amazingly humble.
They were both great guys with a simply amazing capacity for lager. Generous to a fault with their fans and autographs and photos. One guy at the table called his father who happened to be in Laos and would miss the game, passed the phone over to Stu, and Stu had a real chat with the guy for about 5 minutes. Funny as hell too, as Stu was playing up to the crowd at the table.
Anyhoo, to real rugby fans out there, apologies it was me and not you at the lunch. That said, it was a real honor to take part.