Monday, 12 August 2019
International Rugby Phoney War in full swing
What should we make of South Africa dismantling the Argentina to win a truncated Rugby Championship? (Answer: for a while now I've fancied the Springboks to win the RWC).
Does New Zealand's heavy Bledisoe defeat to Australia mean that the All Blacks are now officially vulnerable? (Answer: I doubt it, they'll be as tough to beat as ever in Japan).
How do we assess an experimental England team denying a full-strength Wales the world number one spot with victory at Twickenham? (Answer: not really a huge surprise given the Welsh track record at HQ in recent years, despite the pre-game hubris).
And - assuming that pre-season brawlers Ben Te'o and Mike Brown will not make the England RWC squad - who will make the cut when Eddie Jones announces his selections later today? (Answer: I haven't the foggiest, but Lewis Ludlum and Willi Heinz certainly did their chances no harm at all against Wales).
Confused? You will be...