Thursday, January 12, 2006

Umaga Retires (Rugby Photo Day)

Tana Umaga, the longtime star and first Pacific Islander captain of the New Zealand All Blacks is quitting international competition (though he'll still keep playing with two local teams), so in honor of his retirement, here's more rugby photos.

Umaga speeding up the field

Umaga celebrating a 2004 defeat of England

The victorious Grand Slam team, doing their pre-match Haka (warrior dance)

Banged and beaten up, and couldn't have won without him (Tana Umaga)

An exhausted Umaga and Jerry Collins

Tuiali'i and Laulala

Teammates Kaino and Latimer

All Blacks in the lockeroom (Muliaina on the left, Umaga on far right)

Sivivatu and Muliaina

Collins and Sooialo

The South African Springboks in action

South African Eddie Andrews in the lead

South African star Bryan Habana

South African Sevens sensation Mzwandile Stick flying with the ball

South African Fabian Juries avoiding a tackle

Britain's prettyboy star, Jason Robinson

Robinson doing his robot dance


  1. Everybody in rugby has those tree trunk legs.

  2. I love it when you post rugby porn!

    oh, is that what tree-trunk legs means?

    I always picture those lumbering football players. Rugby players, so much more graceful.

  3. Hello John,

    J'ai cru comprendre que tu parlais français. J'aimerais bien te joindre pour un truc précis - à quelle adresse mail je peux t'écrire ? je ne suis pas trop habitué aux blogs...

    Merci d'avance.
    Un lecteur parisien.

  4. Bernie, they do have huge legs. Keguro, they may be a bit more graceful at times than football players, but don't count the men of the gridiron out, especially the ones in the backfield, the linebacking corps, the pass defense.... Back to those tree-trunk legs--and they also wear such short shorts (but they could be even shorter)! Ryan, it's better than candy, isn't it?

  5. Oh!

    I was on vacation. Missed the Rugby pics. I do admire the physique (that is a polite way of saying what I really mean!) and I am busy trying to figure out how to start playing here. I got the weight now. Just need the exercise.

  6. Owesome to see photos on Tana,
    He is up there on my list of Honourable people. He's a captain who led his Team with pride and high standards!
    Great model for families and Highly respected in and outside the field.
    Malo lava Tana!