Eddie Jones has warned England’s record‑equalling players they will be summarily dropped if they allow their standards to slip next year.
If they ever met for that beer afterwards, Michael Cheika no doubt told his old mate to enjoy this while it lasts.
Boxing loves a backstory – which is why the sport, for all its faults, remains so captivating. There are tales of redemption, revenge, poverty and pain inside the ring and now comes a rather unusual one to British shores – the Mexican-American heavyweight who doubles up as a special-needs teacher.
For a driver who strove with such fierce diligence to win the world championship Nico Rosberg has given up its fruits very quickly; champion on Sunday, retired on Friday, he was not even a six-day wonder.
Professional athletes lead a crazily short and often lucrative working life, over within a decade or so of its beginning, wreathed in success or disappointment. Memories of glory, often embellished, are revived in middle age for nostalgia or for reheating in ill-advised comebacks.
There is a mountain for England to climb whatever the formbook might say. Recent history suggests they have a better chance of winning here than anywhere else in India since they have been victorious in their past two Tests at the Wankhede Stadium.
The most exciting driver in Formula One and almost certainly a future world champion.
The acrimonious buildup to England’s final autumn Test against Australia looks set to spill over on to the pitch after Eddie Jones warned the Wallabies his side would look to “break them mentally and physically”. The lock George Kruis indicated the home team would be looking to “target their puppet masters” and extend their unbeaten run to a record-equalling 14 Tests.
Nico Rosberg has announced his shock retirement from Formula One five days after becoming world champion, saying that by winning the title he has “climbed my mountain” and is going out at the peak.
The New England Patriots are likely to be without Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the season.
Surely Mikael Lustig's long-term Celtic future is uncertain.
Leeds United have missed Liam Bridcutt this season, and perhaps they should test Forest's resolve for the midfielder.
Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers should consider poaching Youssouf Mulumbu from a Scottish Premiership rival.
Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic has been sent out on loan to Fulham.
Eboue has finally broken into Brendan Rodgers' Celtic XI.
Aston Villa sold Adama Traore to Middlesbrough back in 2016.
Everton could again be in the market for a new manager this summer.
Leeds United may be in the market for a new centre forward this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is being linked with a move for a player dubbed 'a cross between Lionel Messi and Gheorghe Hagi'.
Ivan Toney remains a Newcastle player, but is on loan at Scunthorpe United.
Joe Root’s expected succession of Alastair Cook as England Test captain, be it in January or further down the line, comes with no guarantees, with the team’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, believing any talk about his suitability involves a touch of “crystal-ball gazing”.
Police in Scottsdale, Arizona say New England Patriots receiver Michael Floyd had a blood alcohol content of .217 when he was arrested for suspicion of DUI last week.
This is supposed to be the season of wise men but rugby union, just at the moment, has lost its marbles. How else to explain the decision not to issue any sanction against anyone connected with George North’s recent botched head‑injury saga?