Ironic, then, that an Englishman, Jeff Probyn, should be the most notable absentee. With the all-powerful All Blacks likely to leave the tourists red with embarrassment, maybe it's about time to consider a Ryder Cup- type treaty with France, whose comfortable win over Wales makes them the first winners of the Five Nations trophy.
'Le Tour est ici,' trumpet the posters as five-times winner of le maillot jaune, Bernard Hinault, comes to London to announce next year's English leg of the Tour de France. Getting 200 riders, 1,500 bikes and an entourage of some 3,500 safely through the Chunnel may be another matter.
Surfers Paradise indeed as Nigel Mansell navigates his first IndyCar grand prix with aplomb, victory in Queensland making him the first driver since Graham Hill in 1966 to win on his debut in this class of race.
John Polston, a rather more conventional architect than his near namesake ever was, scores the only goal as Norwich edge out Aston Villa at Carrow Road to leapfrog back to the top of the Premier League. Unhappier times for another ex-Spur, Graeme Souness, the Liverpool manager being sent off for 'abusive language' towards a linesman. Plus ca change.