England v Fiji Rugby World Cup 18-09-2015
I've never been a fan of watering down competitions by letting also rans into them but clearly they make sense financially so this format will continue to expand and pervade into more and more sports.
The Champions League has set the precedent for this and like the cricket World Cup, watching teams who are several rungs on the ladder below the top tier struggle manfully against the main opposition is just a sideshow to the main event.
Let's not put a dampener on what will be a cracking competition once we get past the cannon fodder though and England have a good chance of winning it outright with home support.
But what's this?
England will have to emerge from a tough Pool A which also features Wales and Australia and is one of the toughest pool groups created since the competition format started. Fiji are the whipping boys in this group but Wales and Australia present a genuine threat to England's progress.
England have named an unchanged team from the one that played Ireland in the 23-13 victory warm up game and Geoff Parling keeps his place at lock hoping to dominate the opposition at the line out.
England boss Stuart Lancaster is looking forward to Friday and says his squad is “massively excited”.
"Friday will be a great occasion for the whole squad and for the country. We are in a unique position to be playing in a World Cup on home soil and to have the support of a nation behind the team.
"That support will be a massive factor and we don't underestimate its importance."
Fiji are renowned for their expansive and open style of play. They are masters of the sevens rugby format so England will be looking to keep things tight and utilise the pack to retain ball possession and utilise their height and weight advantage.
England are 1/100 favourites to win this game so good luck with that and Fiji are rank outsiders at 18/1 but you would need to double those odds to get me interested in punting on them.