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Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Funnies - David Strettle's astounding rugby knowledge

This week's Friday Funny is slightly different to the norm in that it actually comes from a tv quiz show about sport. The clip involves Harlequins and England flyer David Strettle, as well as former England scrum half Matt Dawson.

A Question of Sport features two teams of sports stars who get quizzed on not only their own sport, but other sports too. As part of the format of the show, the contestants will at one stage get something called a 'home' question, which is a question about their particular sport of profession.

It's common knowledge that it's one of the easiest questions on the show, as in theory you should know a lot about your own sport.

When it came to Strettle being asked a fairly simple and seemingly straightforward question about rugby and another flying winger, Strettle was flummoxed.

While not trying to make a complete arse of him, as on the field we think the man is fantastic to watch, we couldn't help but get a laugh out of this and thought some of you would too.

Do yourself a favour and pause the clip directly after the question is asked. Then see how long it takes you to answer. In theory you, as a rugby fan, should get it fairly quickly. We would have thought the same about Strettle though, but perhaps hampered by the pressure of pesky Dawson, he surprised us, making for some rather funny viewing.

Time: 01:05



  • LOL hahahaha took me about 3 seconds haha his reaction wen dawsons tells him is comedy lol

    By Anonymous el nino, at October 24, 2008 10:38 am  

  • god that was one of the easiest questions I have heard about rugby before and I dont even know anything about english rugby!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 11:22 am  

  • lol classic. he sounds like a right dooofus. :P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 11:37 am  

  • Even after he gets the answer he still looks like he doesn't have a clue who Howlett is!!!HAha

    By Anonymous Murffburger, at October 24, 2008 11:49 am  

  • Easiest....Question....Ever

    By Anonymous Craig, at October 24, 2008 11:58 am  

  • the sort of question you should answer as soon as sue said "and won the heineken cup"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 12:13 pm  

  • Comedy gold, the big moment is when he has no reaction to the answer from Dawson. Poor Dave. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 12:29 pm  

  • murffburger - agree - he's never heard of him. now that's confidence!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 12:38 pm  

  • Hahahaha, he doesnt even know who Howlett even if he would smash him.

    By Anonymous Cheesekiwi, at October 24, 2008 1:12 pm  

  • stick to the rugby strettle..

    By Anonymous bob jones, at October 24, 2008 1:41 pm  

  • haha english muppet and he still didn't know who howlett was oh dear maybe he should be playing in the forwards!

    By Anonymous macrod, at October 24, 2008 1:57 pm  

  • lol how could anyone find this funny lol

    By Anonymous tehsniper, at October 24, 2008 2:19 pm  

  • Don't think it's funny at all. This clip shows something very sad: some professional Rugby players do not follow rugby as fans. They do know about their teams (but sometimes not about the club), and their job. However, when you ask them somthing really trivial about the game and about other teams or competitions... not answer.

    Do you think that this english winger know who was the Barbarian's halfback in 73, in the game against the All-Blacks?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 2:42 pm  

  • Worst of all, is having a snippy little (is there any other kind) scrumhalf like Matt Dawson to correct you.

    Psychologists call that "enabling behavior"; every referee that had Dawson in his ear over the years should get one free smack on Strettle for that.

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at October 24, 2008 2:49 pm  

  • Howlett 49 - Strettle 1
    [Test Tries]

    Howlett 1 - Strettle 1
    [Embarrasing Displays on Judgement on Television]

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at October 24, 2008 2:50 pm  

  • LOL!!!!
    Matt Dawson is great!!

    By Anonymous Pedro Fleury, at October 24, 2008 3:44 pm  

  • "god that was one of the easiest questions I have heard about rugby before and I dont even know anything about english rugby!"

    This question has absolutely nothing to do with english rugby. Doug Howlett is an All Black (New Zealand) who recently moved to Munster (An Irish Club), where he won the heineken cup last year.
    Seems like you dont know anything about rugby FULL STOP.

    By Anonymous ysm, at October 24, 2008 5:23 pm  

  • well, beeing honest i thought spencer.......but just till she said munster :D

    really sad... how can you be a player, but not a fan of your sport? i tought it's like: when you're a kid, you begin to love the sport, you begin to love the clubs and thus you begin to play - correct me if i'm wrong :(

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at October 24, 2008 5:29 pm  

  • I think Strettle is a football fan, he had trials with a Premiership club. He just happens to be gifted at rugby. Werner Creef the South African 15 was said not to really like rugby but just treated it as a job

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 6:28 pm  

  • unlike us he probably doesn't spend as much time watching rugby as he does training and down the gym. he plays for an English club so has no need for knowledge of munster unless quins play them in the heineken cup and honestly why would an english player know who played for the aukland blues?

    By Anonymous Gary, at October 24, 2008 7:03 pm  

  • true he probably is too busy.
    Its a bit like how actors have not got the time to watch other films.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 7:19 pm  

  • is dawson gay? he's very gayish in this extract.

    By Anonymous bibilafock, at October 24, 2008 7:30 pm  

  • Ha i knew the answer as soon as she said Super 12! Then again i am from Munster.

    By Anonymous Donnacha, at October 24, 2008 7:42 pm  

  • Making excuses for Strettle not knowing who DOUG HOWLETT is?? Come on. They're both wings, have played for their countries, and have both shared headline stories in the papers for the wrong reasons. You'd think he'd know.

    But on the point someone mentioned about players treating it as a job and not being 'fans', I totally agree. Some guys are gifted athletes and just get into it at school or wherever, and then make a success of it, while possibly not even have the same love for the game that others do.

    Sad, but I guess millions of people are successful in jobs they aren't really passionate for.

    Either that or... Strettle is just a douche who buckled under the pressure. :P

    By Anonymous Shaft, at October 24, 2008 8:37 pm  

  • or maybe he just pretended not to know to play the "who's this guy?" card...

    By Anonymous tehsniper, at October 24, 2008 9:30 pm  

  • took me like 2/3 secs but strettle shows hes better on the field.

    "god that was one of the easiest questions I have heard about rugby before and I dont even know anything about english rugby!"

    apart from strettle how is the question related to england??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 9:36 pm  

  • correct me if im wrong, but isnt Rua Tipoki a former blues player, who used to play on the wing but now centre because hes too slow, who now plays for munster?

    By Anonymous caucau's no.1 fan, at October 24, 2008 10:23 pm  

  • good call caucau's #1 fan, i'm not sure what position he played for Auckland but he did play there as well as for the Maori and North Harbour

    By Anonymous Tyler, at October 24, 2008 10:37 pm  

  • Good point caucau's no.1 fan...

    ...only the Blues never won the Super 12 title when he was there (99-01 and 05-06), which was one of the requirements of the question.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 11:15 pm  

  • i heard paul sackey doesn't really like rugby. he's just good at it and does it as his job. this is poor from strettle though. it's not as though it's an obscure question about argentine front rowers from the 70s. its a contemporary international winger for god's sake

    By Anonymous felix, at October 25, 2008 2:19 am  

  • Well
    let's not be harsh, players can get so caught up with their own schedule English players probably have the busiest schedule, and they just wanna have a break and switch off whenever they got the time.
    It's still funny XD
    matt Dawson is so funny, he totally brought his on field cheekiness and back chat into TV XD
    By the way, I love watching Strettle play. He's so aggressive, always wanting to attack and score.

    By Blogger vinniechan, at October 25, 2008 9:41 am  

  • i like beers

    By Blogger boomshanka, at October 25, 2008 2:01 pm  

  • I am English and that was pathetic and embarassing. People making excuses for Strettle should also be embarassed. I bet he knows who is on Big Brother though! The dumbing down of the UK continues.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at October 25, 2008 4:08 pm  

  • What is more worrying than the fact that he didn't know the answer is that his reaction showed that he didn't even know who Doug Howlett was!!! Incredible ignorance considering Howlett has over 60 caps for the All Blacks between 2000 and 2007.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at October 25, 2008 4:54 pm  

  • Anonymous:
    "...only the Blues never won the Super 12 title when he was there (99-01 and 05-06), which was one of the requirements of the question."

    What are those numbers about?
    Howlett was with the Blues from 1999-2007, during which time they won a single title, in 2003.

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at October 26, 2008 7:15 pm  

  • anarchangel

    anon was talking about rua tipoki, not doug howlett, read a little closer

    By Anonymous caucau's no.1 fan, at October 26, 2008 9:27 pm  

  • 'they're all gay the english'

    Somehow there's 50 million of us in tiny England though. I'd love to meet that guy on a rugby pitch.

    By Anonymous Andy, at October 27, 2008 11:31 am  

  • god that was one of the easiest questions I have heard about rugby before and I dont even know anything about english rugby!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 24, 2008 11:22 AM

    clearly, seeing as neither munster or auckland are english teams..

    By Anonymous speedy, at November 10, 2008 11:02 pm  

  • Ha ha english gays lol. 50mil eh? Bit of a tight squeeze then? Duno hu called u homos but I agree wiv him. I'll take u up on the rugby pitch aswell seeing how ur only gd player is borthwick.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 17, 2009 12:13 am  

  • Guys, I had a whopper hangover from the night before. I obviously know who the all black's most profilic scorer- bearing in mind rockococo is cathing him-it's all just to get ratings up by making fools of celebrity sports players like myself.

    By Anonymous David Strettle, at April 02, 2009 7:17 pm  

  • what a dope it took me one second to answer

    By Anonymous munster, at April 07, 2009 12:55 am  

  • look at strettle's reaction : he just nodds his head as in "good, but i dont give a s°°t"
    lol, classic

    By Anonymous luxi, at June 26, 2009 9:31 am  

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