The rugby wannabes need to stop being so paranoid about the All Blacks - a la the latest whinging from silly Scotland and Italy - and get on with improving their own standards.

The World Cup plot so far would have done the Monty Python's Flying Circus scriptwriters proud and stupid remarks from Scotland and Italy just added to the farce.

The Japan tournament is going to get better because it couldn't get much worse, thanks to confusion over just about everything and lack of competitive contests.


World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont was knighted by his Queen this year,