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it was a relatively early start this morning to catch the l ast pool match for england in the world cup. it was a close run thing qith england only scoring 111 points! no doubt the australian press will somehow manage to turn this into a negative. i have never seen such a vitriolic attack on an international sports team than what has been handed out to england dow in oz. there was a good article in the times this week which, i think, goes some way to explaining the attitude they are showing:

It seems that the Australian psyche is unable to cope with any measure of English achievement without bringing in the notion of English arrogance, as if the Australian national consciousness could not exist without the arrogant English to react against. That England has a half-decent rugby team has woken the sleeping — or perhaps I mean lightly dozing — sense of persecution in Australia.