Off we go. Autumn internations time. It may be crazy that our top players are playing so much international rugby, shortening careers and diminishing value of club rugby. But its unmissable stuff. Here's my first round of prediction.
Wales will bt Argentina. It will be tough and close. Wales will miss physical presence of Mike Phillips, though quicker ball could be important. Will miss Adam Jones even more. Could be behind at half time.
England will bt Fiji easily. Don't expect a pretty match.
France will bt Australia in what should be the match of the weekend.
Ireland will bt South Africa by a point. Irish at home are tough nuts to crack.
Italy will bt Tonga.
New Zealand will bt Scotland, though the Scots will do better than expected. I'll want to watch rugby gods, McCaw and Carter playing. Somehow feel the greatest openside that has ever lived is reaching the end of the road. There is only so much even his amazing body can take.