Coming right at the end of both the match and an astonishing international career, it was the almost eerily appropriate departure of arguably the most relentessly mischievous gnome in the history of his or any other sport.
As rugby gets bigger and stronger and heavier, perhaps there was a hint of lament
Win a bottle of champagne
Wales coach Warren Gatland has made six changes to his team for Saturday's World Cup bronze medal re-match against Australia in Cardiff.
At the Twickenham Stoop yesterday, the full-back Mike Brown scored a second-half try that kept Harlequins unbeaten at the top of the Aviva Premiership, after Exeter had given them a rather nasty shock by coming from 9-0 down at half-time to lead. Quins won the match 19-13.
From the Front Row: No rest for the World Cup players as club duty calls but they wouldn't have it any other way
Airlines and unions seek ban on 'weapons' that could blind air crew and cause mass fatalities
As Derby County gave a shock Championship start to 15-year-old Mason Bennett last weekend, football fans up and down the country looked on in unified surprise, at a début for a player only able to feature because of the half term school break.
A Welsh coastal path, whose completion has been thrown into doubt by the objection of Gypsies on the route, has been chosen as the world's greatest region in a best-in-travel 2012 guide.
Expect more tries and better rugby as 13-man code emerges from union's shadow
No England tour worth its salt is complete without Kevin Pietersen playing a prominent part, usually as the pantomime villain. In this ill-starred venture to India, where the tourists lost the one-day international series 5-0, he has left it late.
Leicester have suffered while their players have been on World Cup duty. Their captain tells Simon Turnbull they can still recover
Britain is planning to mark its return to Olympic football after a 40-year absence with a gala double-header featuring both the women's and men's teams playing international friendlies at the same venue on the same day next July.
Richard Cockerill, who famously went head to head with war dance, amazed by IRB 'madness'
Britain's highest-profile gay sportsman will also be remembered as a great player under both codes
The Fulham chairman, Mohamed al Fayed, yesterday issued a withering critique of the club's former manager, Mark Hughes, labelling the Welshman a "flop" and a "strange man" and questioning both his courage and ambition.