“Les Français n’ont pas perdu ce jour-là. Collez votre nez.”
PUEBLA, MEXICO – In celebration of this Mexican/American holiday commemorating the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, we figured we’d keep the this Party Of 5 – 5th day, 5th month – with our pick of the world’s best #5 in rugby. Our quartet of West Ghana’s Rugby wunderkind Junoir Blaber, Ireland’s quick-witted fly-half (that’s redundant) Kevin Fegan, French #8 Pyk O’Kallapfer and contrived Kiwi Johnathan Wicklow Barberie were all asked to weigh in. 3 of the 4 did, with Pyk abstaining as per his belief that the French didn’t actually lose in Puebla on this day in 1882. Regardless, the voting was rather surprising, considering the diversity of the panel. And the panel agreed that a player wearing #4 or #5 could be selected, so please keep your trousers from catching fire.
Blaber: My pick is 22-years-old, has great ball in hand skills and can support like a backrow. He’s also great at the basic duties of a second rower.
Fegan: My guy is young, quick, smart and has really good hair.
JWB: Mobile, dashing and long will eventually translate into wins for this long-locked lock and his young squad.
O’Kallapfer: Les Français n’ont pas perdu ce jour-là. Collez votre nez.
So, did you guess that this was a surprising unanimous pick? Were you able to deduce by their brief but concise comments that the trio’s choice is young Scotland forward RICHIE GRAY? Was your pick the same as our picky panel’s? If not, whom would choose?
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