Invictus

The movie “Invictus” is about to come out in the U.S. (December 11th) and I’m really excited to watch this movie (although I’m not sure if I will be able to watch it in El Salvador). The movie is based on the true story of how Nelson Mandela used the universal language of sport (rugby) to unite a racially and economically divided country (South Africa) in the 1990s.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, my favorite two actors, Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as the captain of the Springboks, play in this movie.

After spending 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was finally released in 1991 and was elected as President of South Africa in 1994. With this election, infamous apartheid officially came to an end. Nevertheless, the country remained separated racially and economically. Mandela decided to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup event to unite the country together.

Check out the trailer below. It looks pretty awesome. I really hope it will be played in El Salvador…

 

The movie is actually based on the book titled “Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation.” The book looks very interesting too. If you are interested in this book, you can get it from the link below.

“His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.”

Bledisloe Cup in Tokyo

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The Bledisloe Cup is contested between Australia’s Wallabies and New Zealand’s All Blacks…Wait, who are Wallabies and All Blacks? What sport? It is rugby. Do you know rugby? It’s not that famous and popular in the U.S…what a shame. In my opinion, rugby is the most exciting sport in the world. I’m not gonna explain about rugby so please click the link above if you wanna know about rugby.

Anyways, so every year, Wallabies and All Blacks play 3 to 4 games a year and the team with more victories will gain the cup. In 2008, for the first time in history, they played out side New Zealand and Australia—Hong Kong. The purpose was to promote rugby in Asia as well as to generate extra profits from the game. This year, they decided to have the last game in Tokyo on October 31st.

When I was playing rugby in middle school, watching a game between the Wallabies and the All Blacks was impossible—unless you traveled all the way to Australia or New Zealand. Now, my childhood dream came true—except that I was not there to watch it!! Que lastima… I truly wished I was in Japan at that moment. The All Blacks won over the Wallabies 32-19.

Japan will hold the 2019 Rugby World cup. It was a great opportunity to test the ability and capacity to hold such a world-class rugby game for Japan too. I hope I will be able to see some of these games in live soon!!

New Zealand beats Australia 32-19 in Bledisloe Cup