The Wanganui rugby team are how the Southland Stags used to be "before they got all poofy", Whanganui Mayor Michael Laws said yesterday.
Mr Laws, along with his two daughters Lucy and Zoe, will head south for the Stags' second Ranfurly Shield defence tomorrow night and he believes the Southland team has lost its heartland feel and become a bit soft.
"The reality is you [Southland] are a professional team. You go from training to the hairdressers, training and back to the hairdressers again.
"Our guys are real men with real jobs – farmers, meat workers, factory workers."
The Wanganui team was not even professional enough to have a nickname, he said.
And you would be hard pressed to find a Wanganui player with gel in his hair, Mr Laws said.
Now, there might be a grain of truth in the "real men with real jobs" comment, although many of the Southlanders fit that bill as well. But accusing them of being latent homosexuals will only get the southern fellas' ganders up, which defeats the purpose of making a sneak raid and catching them unawares.
And Mayor Mickey should be a bit careful lest he be accused of mayoral hypocrisy; after all, hewas/is the Eye-linered One! Seriously though, this is the Wanganui team's moment on the national rugby stage, having earned it by way of winning the Meads Cup, and we wish them well. Perhaps they could use the mayor as a tackle bag in their pre-match drills!