When I was a lad, back in the mists of time, I remember my primary school headmaster berating a member of the school's football team during assembly. The boy's offence? In a match the previous day he'd raised his arm and punched the air after scoring a goal.
Admittedly the headmaster in question was a somewhat eccentric individual who regularly paraded in front of school assembly waving a huge St George's flag whilst belting out the words to Land of Hope and Glory (I'm not kidding), but his point was that to over-celebrate a goal was to show a lack of respect for oneself and the opposition and that the dignified response to scoring was to jog back to half-way and get ready to resume the game.
All of which brings me to the matter of try celebrations - a subject which is particularly pertinent in the wake of a certain former England fullback's antics at the weekend.
Whatever happened, I ask, to try celebrations?
Call me a killjoy, but rugby is, has always been and hopefully always will be a tough game based on mutual respect. All this kind of behaviour does, I'm afraid, is display an utter lack of respect, lack of dignity and lack of class. Frankly, players who indulge in it deserve a slap.
Ask yourself this. What did Gareth Edwards do after scoring arguably the greatest try of all time for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973? A somersault? An elaborate and contrived dance move? Did he mockingly ruffle Sid Going's comb-over? The answer: none of the above. He merely trotted back to half-way.
Bring back dignity. You know it makes sense.