Another one for the “Well, he would, wouldn’t he?” category – Joel Stransky backs the Springboks to win the World Cup (BBC)
Wallabies lose a precious Aboriginal piece of art in Heathrow. (Planet Rugby)
The Indo and Planet Rugby both have the story that All Black back Doug Howlett is about to sign for Munster. Wouldn’t that be great, an All Black legend playing full back for Munster? Hang on, that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Syd Miller, the Ballymena man in charge of the IRB has written to all of the teams in the tournament, reminding them of their disciplinary responsibilities (PR.) No lip to the ref is the gist of the message.
Finally, a couple of blog postings. An Spailpín Fánach is a man I’d normally associate with writing GAA commentary, but he has posted two well-thought-out articles about rugby this week. If the first, he backs France as the best value bet for lifting the Webb Ellis. (Spailpín, if you’re reading this, you have a small factual error in that post. South Africa’s likely QF opponents (assuming they win their group) will most likely be Wales. The winner of our group will face Italy or Scotland.)