...grand. Can't say I was feeling that confident about an England grand slam before Saturday's game. My confidence having dropped over the last couple of outings. And then the ref being announced.
...Grand Slam. Get the funny feeling that's all they were thinking about when the little matter of an Italian side could quite have easily spoiled the party.
...England. If England go on to win the Grand Slam or just the Championship they need to strike one more medal and award it to the current French coach because on Saturday he made sure it could happen.
...smoke it. Arrogant enough there Jimbo? Scotland talked a good game and again were sent home from Twickenham to “think again” as England won the Calcutta Cup in their opening game of the 6 Nations.
...nearly a decade...and it was Toby Flood-less. Any coincidence? I think not. But will they learn from this?
...cost England. Stuart Lancaster had pretty much done a good job as interim England head coach and the game against Wales looked to be his crowing glory, if he hadn't just blown it with stereotyped substitutions.
...it really was all over. You knew when England head coach finally sat down in the coaches booth that his England's World Cup was done and dusted.
...hell more than one at times. It was no surprise that the current England side butchered the Grand Slam chance against Ireland they aren't in the class of the 1990 or late 90s early 2000s sides.
...Jocks. After all they repeatedly do their best to make the Jocks look good on a rugby pitch and they were at it again on Sunday as they struggled to keep the Grand Slam dream alive.