The fact the commencement of the Super Rugby season has largely gone unnoticed shows just how much rugby union is struggling in the competitive Australian sporting landscape, writes Richard Hinds.
Turn on your TV most weekends and you'll be faced with a plethora of live sporting action. Whilst it's good news for the die-hard fan, a congested market means less viewers, fewer spectators and a fight for survival.
The Wallabies' loss to England reflects the struggles Australian rugby union is facing but turning around the fortunes of the men's game will be no quick fix.
Technology was meant to be the panacea that cured all of sport's problems, but recent controversies in both rugby codes have shown that it is not the case.
The Waratahs are into the Super Rugby semi-finals thanks to captain Bernard Foley's personal best 25 points to help his team to a stunning 30-23 win over the Highlanders.
Rugby Union may be in the doldrums in Australia, but the Waratahs have served up something of a spectacular Super Rugby tonic, triumphing 52-41 in an incredible 15-try shootout over the Reds.
The Brumbies defy the Wallabies' request to rest three of their biggest stars, naming a full-strength side for this weekend's Super Rugby clash.
Wallabies prop and Queensland Reds captain James Slipper says he has been suffering wellness issues for a year as he is suspended for two months after twice testing positive to cocaine.
The Reds are thumped by the Sunwolves, the Waratahs suffer a horrendous choke and the Rebels and Brumbies play in front of a tiny crowd in Canberra in another dire day for Australia in the Super Rugby.
Super Rugby is "stale" and the sport has been on the slide for decades in Australia, according to axed rugby sevens coach Andy Friend.