TOKYO, 17 Oct - Sergio Parisse's international career over? Not according to the man himself.
"I still have to write my last chapter with Italy," the legendary number eight told a newspaper in France, where he signed for Toulon in July. "A typhoon won't end my adventure with the Azzurri."
Parisse's supposed swansong was ruined by Typhoon Hagibis, which forced the cancellation of Italy's final Pool B match against New Zealand.
But could the 34-year-old sign off with an exhibition match in his honour?
Or, with Parisse just six behind Richie McCaw's all-time test appearances record, could he play in all of Italy's 2020 Six Nations matches then set a new mark in the country of his birth, Argentina, where the Azzurri are rumoured to be touring next summer?
Stranger things have happened.
They could be heroes, just for one day
Make that two days. Having shocked Fiji to record one of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history, Uruguay's players could be forgiven for thinking they had already enjoyed their moment in the sun.
Then this happened...
Así llegaban #LosTeros 🇺🇾 a Uruguay. Recibida a la altura de lo que son: ídolos— Sudamérica Rugby (@sudamericarugby) October 16, 2019
¿Cómo será recordado este equipo uruguayo por la historia? Definilos en una palabra 👇
🎥 @uru_oficial#ElRugbyNosUne #AmericaCrece #SARenRWC #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/LZkgAgNoSt
"It's great to arrive home and be welcomed like this," said full-back Gaston Mieres, while back-row Santiago Civetta described the welcome as "a dream come true". "The support we received from the people was amazing," he said.
Well deserved, Los Teros, well deserved.
Japan versus Japan
With half a million views and counting, everybody is talking about Japan's biggest clash of Rugby World Cup 2019 to date.
We are, of course, talking about this game of rock-paper-scissors (with a Japanese twist) between coach Jamie Joseph and hooker Shota Horie.
I’d love to provide an insight into the deep Japanese meaning behind this game but I have nothing...— Oliver Trenchard (@OliverTrenchard) October 16, 2019
Shota Horie v Jamie Joseph 🥊
"That's not the first time we do that kind of thing, we have many of them within the team," said Horie. "Jamie's power was unbelievable. That wasn't the kind of power you use for games. I've won it in the end in a Japanese style with skill."
England flankers ready to pounce ... well, one of them
Tom Curry is so determined to visit a cat cafe in Tokyo that, according to fellow loose forward Sam Underill, he has set up a cat committee as part of team entertainment. Unfortunately for the England back-row, he is the only person on it. But help is on its way. "My parents are coming out and I am going with them," purred the 21-year-old.
Does Foden have The X Factor? No diggity
Former England star Ben Foden's on-field career might be winding down in Major League Rugby but he is winning a whole new set of fans.
The full-back, who won 34 caps and scored two tries at Rugby World Cup 2011, made his debut on the celebrity version of British talent show The X Factor this week, teaming up with fellow rugby stars Thom Evans and Levi Davis.
"Try Star" were among the best of a bad bunch with their performance of Blackstreet's No Diggity, prompting judge and former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, to tell the bare-chested Foden: "I'm excited about your shirt right now, Ben."
There's something about Elma
You've probably seen Rugby World Cup Daily. Now you can read all about its host Elma Smit.
The South African presenter granted the Rugby News Service an exclusive audience to reveal the secrets behind the success of the show, in which the RWC Daily team go everywhere from fan zones to mixed zones - via silly games with rugby royalty - to bring us an irreverent take on the tournament.
Catch the latest episode here...
Gone but not forgotten, Part II
Our statistical analysts recently brought you an all-star team of players who were heading home after the pool stage. Today it is the turn of the World Feed TV commentators and summarisers, including Martyn Williams, Andrew Mehrtens and Alastair Eykyn.
So if you've got any issues with the XV (two Scotland players, anyone?), you can take it up with them on Twitter.
Stat of the day
Jordan Petaia, who will line up at outside-centre for Australia against England in Saturday's opening quarter-final, is the first player born this century to play in a RWC knockout match.