After several appalling results for the minnows - Romania's 8-90 loss, Georgia and Uruguay losing by more than 60 points, Namibia crashing by more than 50 to Ireland etc. - one has to ask the same question that is asked at every RWC. Is it really worth sending the top English, SA, Australian, NZ players out of their domestic leagues for four weeks to play games with very predictable results - before the real fight for the Cup has even begun?
I think they should. It promotes interest in the countries that take part, and there could still be upsets which would be hugely beneficial to rugby in these countries. Look at Japan at this tournament for example - they're playing very good rugby, I watched them go down to France on Saturday and 29-51 wasn't really what they deserved. With a bit of luck they could have won that game. Same, it appears, with Japan v Scotland.