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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Golden Thread - A Poetic Tribute to the Wallabies by Rupert McCall

The Australian Rugby Union have put together this emotionally charged video ahead of the Wallabies' series against France in June, and leading up to RWC2015. It features a poem by Rupert McCall as we see images of great Wallabies from days past. 

The video encapsulates what it means to Australians to wear and support the golden threads of their country, and aims to reinvigorate the passionate fanbase after a few tough years.

Some unbelievably talented players have worn the Wallaby jersey, from David Campese to Toutai Kefu, John Eales to Tim Horan. These are true legends of the world game and this tribute has been written to remind fans of the meaning and heritage behind the Wallabies.

Three months in the making, renowned Australia author and poet Rupert McCall has created a piece that is sure to spark the flames of pride for fans in the lead up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

It's a great idea and perhaps a template of sorts that could work well with other countries too. As we head toward to the showcase event, we're sure to see many more of these types of videos.

Some former Wallabies including Tim Horan, Al Baxter, Phil Waugh and Richard Harry speak about their reactions to the video on page two, and you can also read a full text version of the poem.

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