Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Rugger and Jigger for Saint David's Day
You Can Keep Your Sock On
Happy St David's day to all our Welsh readers, including those out in the small Welsh-Argentinian community in Patagonia. Shamelessly pandering to this rugby-loving nation, I thought it would be nice to recall that try from 1973 when the Barbarians were playing the New Zealand All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park. The Barbarians, or Baa-Baas, is a team who invite players to participate based on their skill and attitude. The team plays in a strip of black and white hoops, but the players retain the socks from their home club.
The team motto is: ' Rugby Football is a game for gentlemen in all classes, but for no bad sportsman in any class.' This is probably why there is no equivalent team in football.
The try from Welsh legend Gareth Edwards playing for the Barbarians is commonly acknowledged to be the greatest try ever made.
Quite rightly, Gareth's try is celebrated in the Icons of Wales range of whiskies from Penderyn Distillery of Wales.
That Try is a peaty whisky with a sweet and smoky taste. The whisky (top photo) 'plays' in Barbarian colours too.
What better combination on St David's Day than watching a splendid game of rugger with a jigger of Welsh whisky at hand.
Iechyd da, Tweedy.