Oval Talk salutes Danny Cipriani's decision to up sticks at the end of the season and seek a new challenge - and recognition - in sunnier climes.
Some will question Cipriani's motives, but for OT it makes sense from both a professional and private perspective - though if he thinks he can simply step out of the media spotlight just because he is Down Under then he is in for a surprise.
Cipriani continues to split opinion like no other English player in recent rugby history; not since the Stuart Barnes/Rob Andrew debate back in the 80/90s has a subject come so close to dividing England rugby followers.
The Wasps fly-half is either a petulant show pony who is highly over-rated and thinks only of himself, or a misunderstood maverick whose skills and dedication have been flagrantly wasted so far by England.
Take your pick: it's easy to build a case for both sides of the argument, and if truth be told OT has swayed between the two since Cipriani burst on to the Premiership scene as a precocious teenager.
What should not be open to debate, however, is Cipriani's right to a 'transfer' down under.
It is 15 years since rugby turned professional, and he is entitled to make the most of his skills in search of a different playing environment and lifestyle.
After another long, dark winter in England, a couple of seasons playing Super 14 rugby across Australia, South Africa and New Zealand sounds like a no-brainer to OT.
The harder pitches and style of rugby will suit Cipriani's running-based game, and the fact he is only 22 gives him plenty of time to return after two seasons and attempt to win back the England fly-half jersey - if he so wishes.
Cipriani claimed in an interview with The Sunday Times that he had had little contact from the England management prior to announcing his move; if that is the case, then it suggests he is not in their short-term thinking - more fool them, but that's another matter.
England manager Martin Johnson has said a player must be available for the 2011 Six Nations if they want to be considered for the World Cup, which is fair enough.
But Cipriani claims he has had no indication that he will be in the frame for next season's Six Nations, so it's not as if he is turning his back on a chance of an England recall.
Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood appear to be very much Johnson's preferred options at fly-half, and even in the event of injury Shane Geraghty, Andy Goode and Charlie Hodgson would get a call from Johnson ahead of Cipriani.
So good luck to Cipriani. He's done his stretch at Wasps and feels it's now time to test himself in a league which could be much better suited to his talents.
Rugby and celebrity have never been comfortable bedfellows - Gavin Henson is further proof of that - and one cannot blame Cipriani for wanting to step out of the spotlight when he moves to Melbourne.
But it would be naive of him to think he will be of no interest to the Australian media, especially with a newly-formed franchise such as the Rebels.
He may not be a household name Down Under when he arrives in Melbourne, but that could quickly change with one inappropriate quote or ill-judged photo opportunity.
The Aussie tabloids are just as capable as the UK press of creating a 'celebrity' for their own purpose, and someone with Cipriani's 'baggage' - talent, photogenic looks and high-profile girlfriend - will surely attract immediate attention.
It will be up to him to avoid the same celebrity pitfalls - if that is what he considers them - if he wants to earn the respect that perhaps he has been craving in the UK.
Rugbyball game of the week: Are they having a laugh in the southern hemisphere? OT thought it had strayed on to the basketball page when it spotted the 72-65 score-line from the Golden Lions v Waikato Chiefs game in Johannesburg. That's right, a total of 137 points and 18 tries, which averages out at 1.71 points per minute or a try every 4.4 minutes. And judging by a few of the other scores - 41-20 in Queensland, 47-22 in Wellington, and 50-32 in Auckland - the Super 14's mantra of instant gratification for impatient fans appears to be alive and well. Rugbyball anyone?
Stat of the week: England's senior squad might still be searching for their mojo, but the U20s have clearly found theirs as they recorded a 14th straight win last weekend with a 33-16 victory over France at Newbury. Indeed, John Fletcher's side have not been beaten since they went down 11-3 to Australian Schools in Brisbane in July 2007. Perhaps England fans should forget about the next World Cup in New Zealand and instead pin their hopes on the tournament on home soil in 2015?
Quote of the week: "On that final climb to the hotel I thought 'I can't get through this, I just can't, I've got nothing left in my legs', but eventually I wound myself to the top and was just so pleased to get home. I've done a few things in my career and in my life that I am really proud of and I'm really proud that I kept grinding it out and got through today." Hats off to Les Ferdinand after the former England striker found the going tough on the 135.5km first leg of Lawrence Dallaglio's 'Cycle Slam'. http://www.dallagliocycleslam.com/
Whistleblower of the week: Any prop looking to collapse a scrum will do well to check on who is refereeing their match after the RFU announced that former England hooker Brian Moore had become a qualified referee. Moore's front-row insights are appreciated by all who follow his commentary, and having packed down in more than "75,000 scrums" in his career he should know what he is talking about. The RFU said they were impressed by Moore's first match in charge, though they may want a word about his conditioning after he pulled up with a calf injury and failed to see out the game!