For our part, we English cannot help feel affronted that we have so often been walloped at sport by a former colony which has better weather, better food and a better lifestyle.
For Australia, doing well at sport is a way of sticking one to the Poms, or as the Australian author Thomas Keneally put it, “a way out of our obscurity and cultural ignominy”.
The last sentence is something I have talked about with my good mate Luke in Melbourne. Does Australia have a fully-developed culture which truly identifies them as Australians beyond accents and a lifestyle brought on by environment. This, of course goes to the heart of what is culture. We disagreed then and maybe would do still now. But that doesn’t affect mates once the next round is bought.