IT has been a brilliant World Cup to date, but perhaps the high point so far came with Japan's history-making victory against Scotland on Sunday which saw them become the first Asian side to ever make the quarter-finals.

With all the turmoil and destruction which happened the day before, this really turned out to be one of the best games so far of the tournament.

It had everything, and if that does not inspire youngsters to start the game, I don’t know what will. It was just brilliant, the speed, the skill, the support – I watched the game twice I was that impressed.

The hosts really took it to their opponents to seal top spot in the group and a last-eight clash with South Africa – can they pull off a repeat of their astonishing win against the Boks back in 2015?

England kick off the quarter-finals against Australia before a huge clash of New Zealand and Ireland, and both of those should be crackers, as should Wales against France on Sunday.

On the local scene, London Irish again lost by a small margin – 27-22 to Sale Sharks – as their Premiership Rugby Cup campaign came to a close.

The season proper starts this Sunday for Exiles, though, and they'll hope to come away from Wasps with an opening-day win.

Meanwhile, things just keep getting better and better for Rams, as they returned to winning ways with a comfortable 36-8 home success against Hull Ionians to climb back up to third in the table.

This week they travel away to Blackheath, a club who have been around for a long time.

It will be a great test for Rams, but I am sure they will be able to get an away win.

My boys Reading are at home to Wallingford after a week off in Southern Counties North. We all know we need to get a win and the lads are all eager to play after a rest week, so let’s hope they can do it.

Winless Reading Abbey host Stow-on-the-Wold while in Berks, Bucks, & Oxon Two South, Berkshire Shire Hall host Thatcham 2nds.

Whatever you do this weekend enjoy your rugby and if you can, go and support one of the local sides, or even get up early and watch the World Cup games at your local club.