Monday's announcement that the end of season mediocrity-fest, known on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean as the Churchill Cup, is to be expanded from four teams to six is another interesting development in the current union-versus-clubs squabble.
As anyone with terrestrial ancestry will know the Rugby Football Union and 12 Premiership teams are embroiled in an undignified spat over player release - how often England coach Andy Robinson gets them, when and for how long.
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Both parties have claimed the moral high-ground, citing their own stance as the one that puts the players' welfare first, as the union offer international fame and fortune and the clubs promise to wrap them in cotton wool for six out of seven days.
Careful, chaps, there's only so much room on that lofty perch you share so uneasily.
Yet this latest development, the addition of yet another meaningless international on the other side of the world, only weakens Twickenham's argument.
How can it be beneficial to have weary bodies cattle-carted to another continent for one last hurrah around six weeks after the domestic season has ended?
They're not even full internationals. England, Scotland and Ireland will send their A teams, which is one thing if it's player development that's the intended purpose and another if it's just a case of getting their respective brands out on the market.
If those A teams were stuffed with 21-year-olds looking to make their way in the top flight, there might be an argument to make in favour of the expansion from four teams. Such players exist in a vacuum where competitive rugby is an extremely rare commodity. But if, as it was this summer, the England XV is going to comprise seasoned professionals like Pat Sanderson and Andy Gomarsall, then it remains a waste of everyone's time.
The value of the Churchill Cup is best demonstrated by the fact that seven games into his new job, Robinson decided to go on a jolly to New Zealand with his old pal Clive Woodward. That it was far from jolly is some sort of natural justice. What sort of message did it send to those players in Canada?
No-one - young bucks aside - will want to be called up for that tour. Elite players with ambition will be desperate to go on their travels, along with Robinson and the full squad.
The only true compensation for failure to make that trip will be a summer's rest and not some pointless exercise involving United States, Canada and the New Zealand Maori played before empty stadiums and meagre television audiences.
Imagine John Brain's apoplexy if either Sanderson or Gomarsall had been badly injured against Canada or Argentina and for what?
The Worcester coach would have been pretty peeved if Sanderson's inclusion in the non-final against the Pumas had put him out of the season opener against Gloucester through the 11-week rule which insists on such a period of inactivity - once the union have had their pound of flesh, that is.
All of which renders utterly fallacious the RFU's assertion that they have the best interests of their players at heart. If that was the case, they'd be sending them off on their hols - and not the busman's variety.
And just by way of a little aside, imagine my delight that, having spent the last three weeks being a good father to my burgeoning family, I returned to find the Premiership at exactly the same stage I left it.
It seems Worcester and the rest have been busying themselves with trips to Sicily and some new-fangled Anglo-Welsh competition in the meantime. What a dog's breakfast the current season structure is.