If you expect to be one of the hundreds of millions of people planning to sacrifice your health, finances, time and possibly marriage to watch a bunch of thugs chase an oval ball around the park while at the same time inflicting grievous bodily harm on each other, under the pretense of a tournament commonly referred to as the Rugby World Cup, then please read on.

Beginning Oct. 10, 20 teams from around the world will be competing in Australia for the William Webb Ellis trophy that gives the winning country’s supporters bragging rights in pubs around the world for the next four years at least.

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