The Quiz today takes us up to the Rugby World Cup in 2011.
It’s been an interesting journey delving back into the record. Lots of remembering the heartaches of the different ways you can mangle a campaign. Dud coaching choices, the occasional dud selection, but mostly dud playing at the worst possible moment.
Which is a reminder that winning a tournament is about playing the moment. Not thinking about the next game, but playing exactly this one.
There are at least eight teams that are genuine contenders to play right through: Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales.
Any of those teams could beat any of the others on their day. Lift a little while the other sags a little, and you get to live for another week.
Add in Samoa, Scotland and Italy who could pull a big upset – and let’s not forget that Tonga beat France in their pool match in 2011, who went on to be within a couple of metres of kicking a penalty to win the whole shebang – and you get the idea that complacency is the real enemy.
Just remember what George Gregan said to Byron Kelleher in 2003: “Four more years.”
I don’t want to wait four more years. Two and a half more bloody months is too long already.