The Welsh were only given a slim chance of winning the Rugby World Cup Sevens title in Dubai at the weekend, but the 80-1 outsiders marched away with the title in style.
Many of the big guns fell at the quarter-final stage, with Wales beating New Zealand, Argentina defeating South Africa, Samoa overcoming England in extra time, and Kenya thrashing Fiji, the reigning champions.
The lack of media coverage has been fairly disappointing, but I’m told that the few people that subscribe to Setanta were thrilled by the quality of the action, and the fact that there was an unexpected victor only enhances the repuation of rugby’s shortened version as a sport in its own right.
The IRB will have been watching with pride, with Bernard Lapasset, chairman grinning from ear to ear at the thought of Jacques Rogge, his equivalent at the IOC, watching the action unfold, pressing the case for the inclusion of Sevens at the 2016 Olympic Games. I’m all for it – at least then, I might be able to watch some of it.