COMMENT:

This Rugby World Cup was tracking badly long before Typhoon Hagibis turned up angry and disruptive.

A tournament that promised so much after a thrilling early encounter between the All Blacks and South Africa has delivered almost nothing since.

Japan thrilled when they beat Ireland and Australia and Wales had an end-to-end thriller, as did Fiji and Wales, but that has been it.

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The rest of the rugby has been mostly dire – a procession of dull games played by dull teams with dull coaches, refereed by weak officials who have been following the orders of a governing body

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