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Over­heard at Brighton

“50p on Ja­pan to win at 80/1, please. Ac­tu­ally, make it a quid.”

Pun­dit gaffe of the day

ITV com­men­ta­tor Nick Mullins sen­si­tively sug­gested Fi­jian fans will “…be back in Fiji around one tele­vi­sion hop­ing the gen­er­a­tor doesn’t fail them.”

Rugby am­a­teur of the day

Scorer of Eng­land’s vi­tal fourth try, Billy Vu­nipola, ad­mit­ted yesterday he had no idea bonus points for tries ex­isted in the World Cup. What a pro.

Ob­scure rule you didn’t know

Law 10.6(d) The ref­eree can is­sue a turquoise card to any player who doesn’t sing their na­tional an­them with suf­fi­cient gusto.

Pic­ture of the day

Ge­or­gia’s finest male spec­i­mens celebrate only their third win at a Rugby World Cup, over­com­ing Tonga 17-10

Shame­less band­wagon-jumper

“Cmon Ire­land ! Great dis­play... @IrishRugby.” Tri­umphant stuff from One Di­rec­tion’s Niall Ho­ran. One sus­pects, how­ever, that the 35,316 peo­ple who retweeted that are not nec­es­sar­ily rugby afi­ciona­dos

On this day...

...in 2003 South Africa run in no fewer than 12 tries for a 72-6 win over hap­less Uruguay

Eng­land-o-me­ter

Slop­pi­ness against Fiji won’t do against Wales and Aus­tralia, but we’re off and run­ning.

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