it was with great joy that i watched the first half of the wales v italy match and laughed my ass off as the italians took it to them. and it struck me that i've felt this way all season about the welsh, even in the autumn tests: praying and hoping they would lose. why? what could provoke me to do such a thing? because they've got their names on the back of their international jerseys. this nod towards individualism in a team sport cuts through the air like an abrasive fart, especially at the international level. last i checked - positions in rugby were number specific, and there was a certain pride in wearing a certain number at the highest level because of the history associated with said number. but no, wales gotta go all personal and ****. regarding most american sports, maybe it's necessary to have names-and-numbers because we have more substitutes readily used and on the bench than on the field - not defending it, just saying that there is a kind of reason for it. the only logic i can sense behind the decision to sew these unnecessary and unsightly letters above the number was intimated to me by my good friend who said: they've got their names on their kits so you can tell them apart cause they're all f***ing ugly. naturally it doesn't help that they've got more hair product on the pitch and bench than in any given salon, but a personalized kit is revolting in Test matches.