Why Rugby is nothing like a two-horse race

England are up to their necks in effluent before the match on Friday, but Mr Motivator Rob Andrew has pulled out all the stops to get his team pumped up for the match. One of his less than Churchillian quotes is, “It is backs-to-the-wall stuff and a massive ask, but in a two-horse race you’ve always got a chance.” Stirring stuff, I don’t think.

Other than the obvious fact that in team games you can win, lose, or draw, thus as a betting medium they are, in fact, a three-horse race, let’s look at other reasons why Rob is talking crap.