Thursday, September 10, 2009

Upon Not Basquing in the Success of Others

A rare rugby post here. Biarritz and Bayonne play the big Basque derby in France's Top 14 on Saturday. Biarritz president, former French winger and consummate businessman Serge Blanco has decided to maximise the game's economic potential by moving it down the coast to Donostía-San Sebastián to play at the bigger Estadio Anoeta, as BO have done on a number of occasions in the past. Bayonne fans aren't having any of it, refusing to line the pockets of their bigger, more illustrious rival. The club has sent back two-thirds of its 1600 allocated tickets. It's amusing stuff and you have to admire the dogged bad faith shown by the Bayonne fans, a far cry from the bland bon enfant culture of most rugby supporters.