Rugby's two best teams, and biggest rivals, New Zealand and Australia go head to head in the World Cup final on Saturday. The two countries have been the stand out nations in this year's World Cup and the final on Saturday is set to be a memorable game.
Thankfully for the rest of us, the edge to the game is starting early. In order to get under the skin of the Kiwi's, The Sydney Daily Telegraph have taken aim at New Zealand's captain, Richie McCaw.
They've dubbed him "Richetty Grub" and posted a large mock up on their front page with the legendary flankers face superimposed on the body of a witchetty grub, an insect well known in Australia.
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— Stuff.co.nz News (@NZStuff) October 26, 2015
The paper didn't hold back in their opinion of McCaw, who has a reputation for bending the rules at the breakdown.
He's been bugging Australia for years with his grubby interpretation of rugby's rules. Now it is only the Richetty grub that stands between the Wallabies and World Cup glory
For more than a decade it has proven a mortal enemy to the Wallabies.
Whether it’s coming in illegally from the side, rolling away from the maul the wrong way to disrupt the halfback’s passing, or holding on to the tackled player too long, the Richetty grub is the master of the dark arts of breakdown cheating.
And whilst the rest of the world are celebrating Nigel Owens appointment as referee, the Aussies are up in arms about it, claiming the Welshman is biased towards the All Blacks.
Australia’s chances of bringing home the William Webb Ellis trophy have been further hindered by the appointment of Welsh referee and Richetty grub connoisseur Nigel Owens to officiate the decider.
New Zealand win nearly 90 per cent of their games under him while the Wallabies win just 33 per cent.
Perhaps the Australian press are just trying to get their excuses in early ahead of the final in which they'll be considered underdogs.