Good old Norman Tebbit never got around to applying a Rugby test. After all, extending sporting allegiance as a loyalty test of integration and citizenship to all Brits, not just those with new Commonwealth links, would have meant arguing for the break-up of the United Kingdom.
So might it be safe to admit, when it comes to the Six Nations, I have always had something of a soft spot for Wales? A sports teacher who made us all watch videos of JPR Williams when Next Left had a fledgling and not stellar career as a flanker, the Welsh colonisation of Jesus College in Oxford may have something to do with it. And perhaps the sense of just how much rugby matters in Wales too.
And that is captured in the anthems.
The pomp and circumstance of the Six Nations is one of the things that captures that great sense of sporting occasion.
We can remain committed to being British without all being the same, as John Redwood could no doubt attest.
But what about England? We hear a good deal about the English being left out.
And yet we go on using the British national anthem, without even seeming to think it is odd.
So let's repeat Next Left's annual plea for an English anthem for the England team.
Jerusalem, ideally, of course. Swing Low if you want. But an English anthem anyway.
Is anybody seriously against this?
They're almost on the field. So let the best team win.