Out for a wander through south west London yesterday and many of the pubs, particularly down Putney way, are getting very excited about the forthcoming Rugby World Cup.
Here in London games will be staged at Wembley, the Olympic Stadium and, of course, Twickenham, the home of English rugby union. The pubs all over London will be abuzz with ticket-less fans of all nations and the atmosphere is sure to be something of a carnival.
Out for a wander through east London on Sunday, however, and it struck me that rugby has a long way to go before it matches football's place in the nation's affections.
This was the scene on some of the 82 pitches at Hackney Marshes, the famous amateur footballers' mecca…
Strips of all colours and sizes, with players of all colours and sizes and ages out strutting their stuff.
The scene on the neighbouring rugby pitches provided a contrasting picture…
Any thoughts, Daily Constitutionalists? Rugby or Football? Which do you prefer?
We'll be blogging a little more about London rugby over the course of the Rugby World Cup which kicks off with hosts England taking on Fiji at Twickenham on the 18th September with the final on 31st October at the same venue.
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