Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Rugby World Cup Final October 20 2007

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Like the rest of the country, we at the Shackleton Foundation will be cheering on the England Rugby players this evening as they look to be the only team in history to regain the World Cup.

England's performance over the past few weeks has been admirable, and the courage and leadership coming from some of the big players: Vickery, Shaw, Sheridan, Robinson, and Jonny Wilkinson has made for compulsive viewing. An interesting coincidence is that both Nick Easter and Andrew Sheridan went to Dulwich College, the same school as Sir Ernest Shackleton (a fair few years before them mind).

From seeming to be nowhere, the England rugby team has performed remarkably in the past few games, and now the country is behind them.

It just goes to show that all sport is as much about the mental side of things as the physical. It also reminded us of a quote from Max Weber that seems to have stood the test of time:

'Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth - that man would not have attained the possible, unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible. But to do that a man must be a leader, and not only a leader but a hero as well, in a very sober sense of the word'

Come on England!

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