Can't believe I missed Ireland's historic victory over New Zealand this weekend. Fantastic result for the Irish and, by all reports, well deserved. And if there was even a scintilla of complacency among the All Blacks that will now have been blown away – watch out for them coming back firing over the next few weeks.
It also appears that reports of the demise of Australian rugby have been somewhat exaggerated, although we won't know for sure until they come up against a team who put up a tad more resistance than Wales. Time will tell.
Meanwhile I spent Saturday afternoon at Wembley watching the Barbarians take on South Africa. When I discovered that the BaaBaas featured a grand total of ZERO household names and that the Springboks were fielding a largely 2nd XV, I did think that, at £75 per ticket, I might be somewhat short-changed, but I needn't have worried. It was a hugely entertaining game with some brilliant handling, especially from the Barbarians who were unlucky in the end to be pegged back to a 31-31 draw. What did piss me off, however, was the number of people continually getting up from their seats during play to head for the gents/more beer. Oh, and the hugely irritating Mexican Wave during play. Bah humbug.
Finally the weekend was rounded off with my son's Under 14 team winning a massively competitive game against a very good team from Hemel, a game which included young Master F selling a dummy and sprinting over from half way. It's all in the genes.