Can anyone stop New Zealand on home soil?
Before I start this I just want to put in writing my admiration for Joost Van der Westhuizen, the South African scrum-half who has announced that he has motor neuron disease.
I suppose at moments like these, when a man in the public eye declares he knows roughly when he might die, that wanting a few extra thousand in your pay, the fight with your partner, and the search for a flasher car all look rather stupid.
I remember being at Murrayfield in 1994 when he scored two tries for South Africa and heralded that a massive talent had arrived.
Frankly, he's the kind of player I have always liked; athletic, rough, clever and skilful, and with an edge to him.
I hope he gets the kind of assistance in the rest of his life that his moments of genius deserve.
Can any nation match the might of New Zealand at the World Cup?
As Australia and New Zealand go head-to-to head, Scotland play Ireland and England host Wales. I was so pleased to be invited to Mike Tindall's wedding as I used to out with his mother-in-law. Only kidding!
"Kamate, kamate, pakora, pakora", or something like that. Oh, it takes me back to being a young lad in New Zealand on a Lions tour when there was only black or white coffee in New Zealand - same for the telly - and the All Black fans would keep us awake at night tooting their horns outside hotel rooms.
I roomed, on one occasion, with a bloke called Clive Woodward. What on earth happened to him? Something about a multi-sport event?
These were my pre-asthma diagnosis days when I was unable to run around but nevertheless somehow made an international rugby tour.
Who do you lot fancy for this weekend, and then for the World Cup itself?
New Zealand looked superb demolishing South Africa so they should beat Australia, Scotland will find it tough against Ireland and England should beat Wales.
And I believe that New Zealand are shoo-ins for winning the World Cup.
Can you imagine the pressure on the All Blacks? See when you played for Scotland... it was all rather simple as nobody gave you a hope of beating anybody. So a win was greeted with rapture and the freedom of the city of Edinburgh.
The New Zealand public, it seems to me, is a little too demanding. The All Blacks are expected to win and if they don't, well, I suspect team members might get posted to a small oyster farm near Bluff, the area of New Zealand which produces the world's best Tiostrea Chilensis.
Oh, and I nearly forgot, England are to play in a black change strip. Good on them I say, annoy the locals, and as ex-Kiwi skipper Sean Fitzpatrick said last week, the All Black change strip is, after all, white.
The future is black you know.