As the final whistle blew and the scoreboard displayed the crushing defeat of the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup final on October 28th, 2023, a wave of anger swept across the nation. Fans who had been eagerly anticipating this moment for years were left feeling disappointed and frustrated by the team's performance on the day.
For many New Zealanders, rugby is more than just a sport – a game — it's a part of their national identity. The All Blacks are seen as heroes and legends, and their success on the field is a source of pride for the entire country. So when the team fails to deliver, it's not just a loss – it's a blow to the national psyche.
The anger that fans felt after the RWC final was palpable. Social media was flooded with messages of disappointment and frustration, with many fans calling for changes to the coaching staff and the team's strategy. Some even went so far as to question the commitment and dedication of the players themselves.
Of course, not everyone reacted with anger. Some fans were more philosophical, acknowledging that the All Blacks had simply been outplayed by a superior team on the day. Others pointed out that the team had still achieved a great deal in the tournament, and that they should be proud of their efforts.
But for many, the anger and disappointment lingered long after the final whistle had blown. It was a bitter pill to swallow, and one that would take time to get over. The All Blacks had let their fans down, and it would be up to them to work hard and come back stronger in the next tournament.
Domestic violence after sport losses is a serious issue that affects many families. It is important to recognize this as a shadow of our sports culture. Reducing the financial and fanatical element in sport would be a good way to start reducing this.