Old Dragons Put Out to Pasture

Old Dragons Put Out to PastureIt was a sad old day that morning of the Shenzhen Ten’s, arguably the preeminent event in China rugby. Without a whisper or murmur, four trusty old steeds were put out to pasture.

In what some have described as a coup, four loyal, journeymen messers Jenkinson, Browne, Maher and Harper were all put out to pasture.

The Chairman of selectors did not pull them aside and explain that space had to be made for youth. He made no pretense about building for the future, no last chance to save their spot on the team, no thanks given for services rendered. All four were ignominiously dropped from the mighty Shenzhen Dragons A Team to the just recently formed Shenzhen B Team.

Whispers heard in French at training were, “porquoi mon ami?”. Some brave rugby players have gone as far as to ask why the Chairman of selectors didn’t even maintain the pretense of creating two equal teams. Several of those put out to pasture have not emotionally recovered from the pain of it all and can be seen drowning their sorrows in the bars of Shekou and Shenzhen.

Not everyone agrees that it was a bad thing that the journeymen were dropped. Some heartless Dragons have gone as far as to say, ” If they never turn up to training, what can they expect?”. Another heartless, insensitive Dragon was heard joking, “They have a combined weight of a metric ton and a combined age of two dead people.” While no one is disputing the comments are really funny, we must all feel for the journeymen and their pain.

4 Comments for “Old Dragons Put Out to Pasture”

  1. To the Four Horsemen,

    Four brave loyal soldiers were given a job
    To provide the glue for a put together mob

    Brave and loyal to the final whistle
    So sad that now they see it as a dismissal

    The young men YOU guided have benifitted greatly
    From being teamates of men oh so stately

    The example you set was clear for all to see
    The Dragons triumphed not A or B.

  2. Very funny , Mon ami.

  3. Way of the Dragon

    Yes, my friend, and even worst than all that. I’ve been told that some of the Dragons from the A team planned not to win all their games to only be able to beat the B team… Very sad indeed.

    Today, still wanted by their team mates, the old dragons survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The B-Team

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