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Plastic Brits: Why does the Daily Mail love big blond South African Mouritz Botha?

by | 12th, March 2012

MOURITZ Botha (born in South Africa)was in the England team that beat France in Paris. So too was Manu Tuilagi he was born in Somoa. Neither of them have been called Plastic Brits by the Daily Mail .

As the Mail says:

Manu Tuilagi set England on their way to a storming victory here yesterday that may confirm Stuart Lancaster in the head coach’s job. The 20-year-old centre scored a sensational long-range try in the 13th minute to ignite a performance that the interim coach claimed has ‘put the pride back’ in the nation’s rugby after the disastrous World Cup.

The Mail then turns to athletics:

Imports take GB to medal record

The Mail calls then Plastic Brits. Plastic being an insult, rather than testament to durability:

In addition to a women’s 4×400 metres team containing US-born Shana Cox winning gold, there was silver for the men’s 4x400m team and bronzes for pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale, long jumper Shara Proctor and Andrew Osagie in the 800m.

Five of the medals were won by athletes who transferred their allegiance to the British cause since 2008.

Martin Samuel write in his Mail column:

Hypocrites, xenophobes, plastic patriots, we’ve been called a few names this week for daring to question Great Britain’s competitors of convenience. UK Athletics says we’re banned. Although they didn’t say it directly to us, at first. They told the cheerleaders. Almost dropped their pom-poms, some of them.

Meanwhile, you may recall that the Daily Mail did not bring up the subject to Plastic Brits when talking to Mouritz Botha, the South African who qualifies on residency grounds.

Back in the Daily Mail officers doubtless red and white pom-pom were being dropped when the paper interviews Both in Febraury 2012:

Mouritz Botha calls it a ‘long road’. It has certainly

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