A knockout place is a minimum requirement for a top team. Looking at the weekend's results, you can't be happy about the state of rugby among the Six Nations. When Wales, Italy and Ireland go out of the World Cup at the pool stage, when Scotland, England and France struggle, you have to conclude that the old tournament is no longer quite what it was.
During my playing career I came to the conclusion that coaching and managing a team must be a thankless task, writes Thomas Castaignede. There are always plenty of people lining up to pontificate about what you should do or could have done better, but not many standing there saying they feel they could actually do the job because they truly understand what it entails.