It’s amazing how one’s fellow hacks improve when you find yourself in agreement with them. Stephen Jones of The Sunday Times has irritated me more often than not over the years and just as long ago, John Reason of The Daily Telegraph had me muttering angrily. Jones indeed irritates a lot of people if one is to judge by the comments his articles provoke. But he has been about for a long time, and, if I have often been tempted to dispute his judgement, I’ve never doubted his knowledge of rugby.