For those on this site who know and love me, I and my dogs are still around and getting out when we can, but those on this site who don't know me, and for the vast majority of those who do but don't love me (well I am Welsh) it's me back to start the annual round of friendlily banter that is the six nations.
I Know that fellow devotee metric Kate is still here, and I hope that my partner in the love of the noble game Frum is still around and those who have previously joined in the trials and tribulations that abound with this tournament at this time of year, and the rest who have no interest in Rugby, but come out of the wood work on nationalistic and jingoistic grounds, lets start this round.
As is every year, my heart is always with my fellow countrymen, but what is my head telling me?
I think Frum will be celebrating this year, I think my English friends have the best chance of lifting the trophy at tournament's close, and I think our chances of defending last year's supreme effort this year are slim, given our usual mounting injury list and the lack of strength in depth that is Welsh rugby.
Of course, lack of performance in the autumn internationals aside, the six nations does seem to bring about a supreme effort from our boys, and as last year, can end up full of surprises, it would be nice to think that it could happen again this year, but when the important issue of who will play at number 10 is a contest between Biggar and Hook, then lord help us!
Let's put it this way...................................whenever we refuel our vehicles in the localTesco, control can tell if we are parked in the filling station or if we have sneaked into the shop !