Let's spread the rugby word for 2023
There hasn't been much about it in the media but I think I am right in saying that Fifa are about to announce the country lucky enough to host the next football World Cup.
That particular land will be informed after a doubt-free voting process, and although England might think they are in with a chance I've looked at the Russian bid and I like it, and I like Qatar's later one too.
Thank you Boris for my very own pipeline via the Persian Gulf. No, not the Boris who has thrown his toys out the pram in London.
When it comes to our sport, rugby, the next three World Cup venues have been decided but, after that, I'd like to see a Vladimir-like surprise.
Next autumn's World Cup will be in New Zealand, England (whaaat?) are hosts in 2015 in what must have been part of secret a plan for world domination, and Japan are next up in 2019.
Going by the long line of Beattie early deaths I shouldn't be too concerned about who gets in next, but I am.
And it mustn't be someone who has had it before.
Japan will host the rugby World Cup in 2019
We are so complacent in the west, or perhaps more narrowly Europe - a mistake I am sure the English football bid will not make - in thinking that somehow we must, by definition, be better than other countries because we have a "track record".
If we all stuck to "track records" we'd go to Girvan beach every summer for our holidays.
No, the important thing for rugby is to get around the world. Not to sell the game and force it down the throats of unsuspecting locals like misguided evangelists, but to have it staged in countries that make the game better.
There are a few countries that give the game so much more than they get from it.
For instance, the Kenyan sevens team makes the game better. Fiji, Samoa and Tonga quite possibly give the game more in terms of talent than anywhere else in the world and they must be recognised by our game.
We can't have men of Fijian, Samoan and Tongan descent providing key men in almost every rugby team in the world and not give them something back in return.
You can't just go somewhere, take something from a country, and not give back. Unless, your honour, I am misunderstanding British colonial rule over the centuries.
By 2023, I hope, the USA might be a viable venue. Who is to say that China will not rise up and be a rugby nation.
And what about Russia?
Well, why not? They might, just might, have had a bit of experience after hosting the other code of football World Cup if my hunch is right.
Whatever happens, please let's not hold it in the UK, New Zealand, Australia or France.
I'm sure the football vote is due sometime soon...