Well, sh*t. In the blink of an eye, in the twist of a knee, in the sigh of a statement from a gutted team, we heard that Malcolm Marx will play no further part in this Rugby World Cup.

You could blame the tentative purgatory of the first week of the Rugby World Cup for the loss of the best hooker in the world. It is where the fury of the opening matches, where might and mind tumble together in the early race to make a point can result in casualties. ..

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