England gone rugby-mad for World Cup
Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30
I've lived in London for a few years now, and have counted down the days to this one - the Rugby World Cup finally kicks off this evening.
There's a great buzz around the place, it's gone rugby-mad in recent months and the media have moved into overdrive this week.
Everyone around here wants England to do well, but if any of the home nations get into the latter stages of the competition, it would really add to the feel-good factor.
Another great aspect of a tournament like this is how they spread it all around the country.
I was in St James' Park in Newcastle last weekend and I was chatting to one of the locals there and he said everyone is dying for it to start. A few of the games will be played up in Newcastle and that is generally a soccer hub in the north-east.
But, in fairness, everyone's behind it now. If England get off on the right foot tonight, it will ramp it up even more.
But for me, it's all about Ireland against Canada tomorrow. Hopefully Joe Schmidt's side can do the business and lay the foundations for a momentous World Cup.