It's time for summer rugby
You are back at work. At your desk. Let your mind drift, come on. Summer rugby, anyone?
At this time of year should we not be having a two-month break, too much food, and keep our training inside?
Getting cold, being trapped in traffic, and slipping on ice while coughing from bronchitis is hardly fun as you try to follow rugby at the moment. Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans must think we are stark raving bonkers.
There was a time long, long ago, when men played rugby in the winter, and cricket or golf in the summer.
The rugby season, when I was a boy, went from October to March with pre-season lasting, oh, a taxing two weeks.
Seriously, that is what the modern season is derived from. A school system where the same patch of grass was used for the year's sports. So, the rugby pitch was cut shorter for the summer's cricket pitch or athletics track.
That's not modern rugby.
Modern rugby has purpose-built stadia and a game best played in the dry. Argue with that all you want but you won't dissuade me. And modern competitive rugby is a year-round process so it should choose as and when it asks people to come and watch.
My son was taking some kids for a training session a few weeks ago and they were standing there frozen, plainly too cold. They all wanted to go inside, and I would be with them.
My house is right across from a rugby pitch and I watch the mini-rugby children and think: "Is this really healthy to allow small boys and girls to freeze in December mud?"
Senior rugby union in the UK has to be made a summer game. It's even more important that junior rugby is a summer game and here we have the problem with school facilities. But surely the game could get round some sensible use of pitch space?
Cricket, golf and tennis would probably be against the move, but rugby has to fight its corner and give the children who play the game the chance to do so in the warmth.
There is absolutely no argument against the fact that British youngsters would have better skills and be fitter if they played summer rugby. Modern rugby balls may be "stickier" but they still slip when wet.
Senior rugby would be much better to watch and, to steal from a previous blog, there would be fewer collapsed scrums.
The fans would be better served by a sport where they didn't have to worry about floods, ice and snow.
We would be in step with the southern hemisphere - well, they have mild winters - the Six Nations would not change, but June, July and August would be rugby months.
Am I alone in this? Barbecues, beer, sandwiches, rugby and some sunshine. Wouldn't that be a great backdrop to British rugby? Pass me the shades.