Saturday December 14, 2019

We were deluding ourselves from the start with this fanciful bid

It wasn’t Scotland or Wales which sank our bid, it was our own fatal hubris that everything would turn out all right on the night

19th November, 2017

On the second floor of a nondescript three-storey building in downtown Douglas on the Isle of Man sits the registered headquarters of Rugby World Cup Limited. At least, we think it does. Not a large space, it still manages to share it with a private investment bank, a life assurance company and an international trust fund.

Rugby World Cup, of course, obeys the rules with its choices of location, but those locations did add another...

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