Those Shirt-Swappers

For some reason, I was distracted and mistook the sport in this ad for soccer. It is, of course, rugby. And those men are All Blacks, one small rung above sainthood in New Zealand. A reader notes:

They play rugby union,  the guy in the middle is the captain, in NZ rugby is THE game, nothing else is half as popular, and Richie McCaw is a kind of folk hero, so this is not a small difference. Given the context you place this in and just in case you haven’t met many of us Kiwis, I should note that while things are changing soccer has not quite lost its connotation of effeminacy in this part of the world.

My rugby-fanatic dad will not be happy with me this morning. Not for the first time, of course.