A big thanks to Orange, and particularly to Edouard for inviting me today to join a big crowd at the Stade de France for a rugby game between France and Argentina. My first time for a sports game at the stadium (I had been there for a few other occasions including a U2 concert), and also my first real rugby game.
Thanks to Mat yesterday who spent some time with me to explain the basic rules of the games. Indeed unless you understand some basic tactics, there's not much you can understand from these "bouncers" running into each other at full speed. But I got part of it, and it was great. Dimitri Yachvili from the French team had a few great runs. And it's rather amazing how the game changes in a few seconds with fantastic runs.
I thought the game was all about fairplay like in golf, but you could hear the French temper every now and then, whistling and booing. The Argentian team members looked huge to me: meatpackers or dockers :) very impressive.
A small crowd of well known faces from the French Internet were also there: Gilles and Franck from Eyeka, Thomas Blard, Edouard + Gerard + David + Hervé + etc. from Orange, Patrick from the MEF...
I'll be updating more videos to vpod.tv and pix to Flickr. Enjoy the French hymn on this clip above. Other video clips are here:
update: my pix are on Flickr.