For a significant chunk of the England team Sri Lanka conjures few happy memories.
It is never easy for a leading man to make the step down to an understudy's role, but you would not have known that from the delight on the face of Ryan Jones on Saturday evening.
He has grown a beard, but even now, at the age of 28, he looks somehow too boyish to be an international lock.
It was rough, it was tough, and if there was poetry in the occasion – other than the verses by Owen Sheers, the Welsh Rugby Union's writer in residence, printed in the match programme – it was that of the coal face and the blast furnace.
No one can have a true understanding of the impact that Sachin Tendulkar has had on the Indian nation except by having sat, at some time during these past two decades, in the stands of an Indian cricket ground during a match involving the national team.
The British Boxing Board of Control got it absolutely right by taking away Dereck Chisora's licence for an indefinite period for brawling with David Haye in Munich last month.
Those Irish players who love to accuse their English counterparts of arrogance have clearly not met Stuart Lancaster.
"What this game needs to get it going," Big Ron Atkinson growled during a particularly sterile encounter in the 1996 European Championship, "is for two of the big lads to clatter into each other." Big Ron was always a man who relished a hearty collision of masculine bodies, chuckling gleefully as brick-faced defenders' elbows crunched into the jaws of jinking wingers and gurgling with delight at the sort of wrecking-ball tackle he dubbed "a reducer" – a phrase that seemed to have sprung straight out of a Mickey Spillane novel, as at times did Big Ron himself.
Danny Cipriani’s hopes of making England’s World Cup squad appear to be in jeopardy after the fly-half was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a 5am car crash on Monday.
Dean Ambrose leaves with the WWE Championship without officially winning it and Kevin Owens shocks John Cena and the WWE Universe.
Having comprehensively beaten Frankie Gavin on Saturday night, Kell Brook claimed he was bored with talking about a fight against Amir Khan. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, added he had also “lost the passion” for that bout.