A despondent Italian side limps into Twickenham on the back of a sound beating in Rome, with virtually no chance of victory against hosts England.
It was high redemption for England in Cardiff as they overcame an eight point deficit with a dominant second half performance that sent Welsh fans reeling.
Everyone remembers the horrors of Cardiff on England’s last visit. It didn’t just cost the championship, it cost several players spots on the Lions tour.
With so many players now graduating from the u20 programs to senior international level, it’s a surefire way to catch a glimpse of the stars of the future.
On second thought, perhaps some old traditions are best left to fade away into oblivion. What should have been a cracking match was instead a bore.
It’s not crazy to think this might be the last ever Six Nations ‘A’ international. A sobering thought, one of the negative after-effects of professionalism.
Transfer time is always a bit crazy in a World Cup year, but this one looks to be something extraordinary, with some French clubs taking an early lead.
Time to dust off the Christmas cobwebs and get back at it. Here is a collection of some pretty good articles from elsewhere over the past few weeks.
Did it ever really stop? A look at a number of recent transfer announcements, for this season and next, and their implications for both club and country.
Only two games this week, and neither of the highest standard, but there’s a team to be picked nonetheless. A few English forwards, a few Australian backs.