At the 2007 Rugby World Cup final, Jake White, the Springbok coach, was sitting in his seat, wondering if he dared tell the guy jumping up and down in front of him to sit down and stay out of his way.

His seat, and those of his assistants, was lower down at the Stade de France. Good seats, as he wrote in his autobiography, so it was like “being in a fishbowl”.

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