Peter Bills: Ireland can be World Cup dark horses
We're talking rugby, Jean de Villiers and I - both the northern and southern hemisphere versions -- and trying to analyse how far ahead the south may be in terms of the new law interpretations.
But really, the reality is bearing down on us from above. It is called the sun and today, here at the training ground of the Cape Town-based Super 15 franchise the Western Stormers, at Belville in the northern suburbs, it is 30C.
Three days later, when the Stormers run out at 5.0 for their match against the Cheetahs, the temperature at kick-off is 34C. The ground is like a rock, baked hard after what has been an excessively hot and windy South African summer in the Cape.