It is time to start rolling out your we're-in-the-home-straight lines. The pretenders have gone, just the contenders remain. The skirmishes are over and the remaining four armies are preparing for the Big Push into Yokohama. What you've just read are examples of dreadful sports writing: we can all agree that is fact.

Now it's time, in a slightly less hackneyed way, to separate some semifinal fact from fiction.

The World Cup final is really being played this Saturday

After the quarter-finals it's official: New Zealand and England are ranked Nos 1 and 2 in the world respectively. Wales have


Kieran Read will be remembered as a true great

Referees will still be making coaches nervous