How much pride was buried, you have to wonder, as the union supplicants made their way to the heart of the great northern kraal of Wigan. How many measured insults were consigned to the fading history of class warfare?
Perhaps as many as those which came with Jason Robinson's successful transfer. Robinson cut to pieces a patronising welcome to a sport which not so long before would have marched him out of the most humble of club bars.
No doubt England would profit hugely from Farrell's arrival. He would, after all, come from a brilliantly administered sport in which hard-headed professionalism is something steeped in the blood. Despite vast player resources, the world champions are plainly in need of a transfusion. Perhaps a touch of humility would also help.Reuse content