The Rugby World Cup is just over three
months away and Oval Talk for one is getting properly excited to see the
world's best taking centre stage in New Zealand.
What is not so awe-inspiring, however,
are the warm-up matches. What really is the point of England Saxons playing the
USA or Canada hosting Italy?
The Churchill Cup might be useful for
the rugby minnows such as USA, Tonga, Fiji and Canada but for the game's
biggest teams it is little more than a money-making exercise.
The teams are trying to recoup some of
the money they will miss out on due to the World Cup superseding the autumn