We were deluding ourselves from the start with this fanciful bid

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

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.

It has no phone number, and emails sent don’t even go to the Isle of Man, as the official...

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