Peter Bills: English RFU have shamed game we love
The summer sun shines down upon Irish rugby as Leinster bask in the glory of their worthy Heineken Cup success. And it is a point worth making once more that Joe Schmidt's men beat three of the four teams that will contest the French Championship semi-finals in Marseille this weekend: Stade Toulouse, ASM Clermont Auvergne and Racing Metro.
They'd have overwhelmed the fourth side too, Montpellier, had they met them.
Ulster continue to sign up overseas players as if they've found gold beneath the Giant's Causeway. And Munster snarl silently at their disappointing season, plotting even now their renaissance. Don't bet against it.