It was obvious that we had no chance of defending our title, but today’s news pretty much puts the icing on the cake.
Given our appalling showing I had pinned my hopes on the French and the Irish as the two Northern hemisphere teams with some chance, but… Even that seems painfully distant now. Australia v New Zealand in the final, with New Zealand to win. But then we knew that months ago, didn’t we?
Two world cups this year in my two favourite sports… Somehow I should be more excited.