Mike, it's been great having you as a colleague on The Roar. Your writing has been passionate and informed, the best qualities for any writer on sports, in my view.
The Roar is a family of writers and readers who believe that sports can be a life-enhancing and that argument about the games means that they live for as long as we remember them.
The game begins after the final whistle is a saying from Welsh rugby that I'm fond of.
So thanks Mike for making so many games and issues memorable for The Roar family. All the best for whatever the future holds ...
The Sharks defeated the Blues at the Albany Stadium on Auckland's North Shore, actually. The Blues loss to the Chiefs was their first loss at Eden Park for more than a year.
My apologies to Ireland in the IRB Rankings table. They are 5 on the table with 83.44. All the teams below them move down one place, starting with Wales who are number 6 and so on.
To my mind Ireland look to be set for a strong 2015 RWC tournament. This statement is qualified by the understanding that Ireland have generally under-performed at RWC tournaments in the past.