Since watching a particularly awful game of rugby, Kyle MacDonald has pondered how we react to loss and are led by our national team.

Eight years ago the mental wellbeing of our nation hung on a rugby game. Or at least so we were told. I remember it very clearly: The night of October 23, 2011, I was sitting hundreds of feet in the air on temporary seating made of scaffold - and with 15 minutes to go - watching 60,000 people teeter on the edge of a collective nervous breakdown.

It was, without question, one of the most awful

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