COMMENT:

Rugby World Cups have survived all manner of scandals. Allegations of a referee being bribed with a gold watch, supposed deliberate food sabotage, England playing with 16 men, Scotland being ousted by a wrongly awarded penalty and yet the World Cup stands without a smear of impropriety sticking to it.

So strangely it is an act of God, a weather phenomenon beyond human control, that is threatening to damage the credibility of the tournament in a way the hunt for the fictitious Suzie and the mysterious potion she allegedly dropped in the All Blacks' tea in 1995 never did.

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