The self-shot music video is a phenomenon which began as soon as YouTube hit the scene. The evolution started with the lonely individual, sat with a video camera in their room, miming along to Europop. Soon enough the craze took more extravagant twists.
There is even the original work. Once Bubba Watson won his first major everyone was made to watch the Golf Boys video. EURO 2012 star Lukas Podolski also recently featured in a mainstream pop video in German.
Now, ladies and gentleman, the world of rugby union brings you a tribute to retiring Australian veteran, Stirling Mortlock.
These three… ‘singers’, are Laurie Weeks, Tim Davidson and Nic Henderson. Collectively they are the RaboDirect Rebels.
They got together to lampoon both Mortlock, a team mate at the Super Rugby outfit the Melbourne Rebels, as well as to brutalize some ‘90s pop songs. The singing is atrocious, but the sentiment is there and it will be a welcome distraction for Rebels fans that have had to endure a season of defensive shockers and only three wins.
Mortlock will look back on his career fondly. He has amassed over 1000 Super Rugby points; has scored almost half that amount for Australia; has over 70 international caps. Mortlock was also influential in Australia’s landmark first Tri-Nations (a round robin tournament with New Zealand and South Africa that has, this year, been rebranded the Rugby Championship and has been expanded to include Argentina) victory.
He will always be a favorite in Australia because of his consistently brilliant Bledisloe Cup performances against arch rivals New Zealand, as well as for his 80m interception try against the All Blacks in the 2003 World Cup semi-final.
Here are some of the big man’s highlights.