It's the 13th of February. The rugby season starts tonight, and the league season is just a few weeks away. And yet the Black Caps still have two matches to play in Australia, followed by a tour from India which will last into April.
And it's set to get worse! John "Possum-head" O'Neill, the CEO of Australian rugby wants the Super 14 expanded, and worse still, wants another Australian team. That troubles us. Australia barely has the player depth to fill four S14 teams, let alone a fifth. But unfortunately, O'Neill has a habit of getting what he wants.
Unlike some, we will watch the occasional S14 match, especially those involving our beloved Hurricanes, ever hopeful that one day, they might shed the monkey from their back. But much as we love rugby, it really is a bit much to be playing our winter game in the middle of a very hot summer.