Touchlines Down Under: Eales crowned new Sudoku wizard of Oz
Published 24/06/2010 | 05:00
THEY used to call John Eales 'Nobody' because 'Nobody's perfect' and the former goal-kicking Wallaby second-row and two-time World Cup winner continues to rack up the accolades even in rugby retirement.
Last week, Eales was crowned national Sudoku champion of Australia after the finals in Perth and was typically modest afterwards,
"Don't get too carried away by it because there were only 12 competing in it -- some of whom did their first Sudoku on the plane going over to Perth," said Eales.
However, the genial giant was obviously proud of the achievement because when he was asked whether the Sudoku title meant more than his two World Cup winners' medals, Eales replied: "That's like asking me to choose between my children."
What does that mean?
Australian: "Don't worry about the cook or the ankle-biters mate. She'll be apples."
Translation: " Do not fret about your wife or children, everything will be fine."
Australian: "What are you doing, you whacka? Let's hit the turps after yakka and get a few stubbies into us, aay?"
Translation: "What are your plans, idiot? Shall we venture out after work and buy some small bottles of beer?"
Australian: "Aw, give it a rest mate, a bit more choke and you would have started."
Translation: "It would be nice if you could refrain from breaking wind in my presence."
"I see players in this squad who, at the peak of their development, will not be players of true international class" --- Former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer gives the team extra motivation ahead of Saturday's test with Ireland.
"Let Loose The Frogs Of War"-- Aussie sensitivity to the fore again as a local newspaper marks the exit of France from the World Cup in South Africa.
The number of times Brian O'Driscoll has enjoyed victory over Australia during the course of 12 matches for Ireland and the Lions.
Compiled by Hugh Farrelly