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