The priority now is for the RFU to get its shit together. Don't hold your breath but then, and only then, will England be able to begin the Long March towards 2015.
What England players need to feel when they enter the international environment is that it is a marked step up from their clubs. It’s somewhat fanciful, but here’s an elite coaching team who could drag the England team, kicking and screaming, along the track to the next World Cup:
Head Coach/ Manager: Nick Mallet – available, experienced, successful and a strong enough character to deal with the egos in the squad, coaching team and, more importantly, the RFU.
Forwards Coach: Dorian West or Dean Ryan or anyone who might finally persuade English forwards to produce quick ball.
Scrum Coach: Phil Keith-Roach or Mike Cron – why settle for someone still learning his job when you can employ one of the top 2 scrummaging gurus in world rugby?
Attack Coach: Brian Ashton – or if not him the closest thing we have to Brian Ashton – Mike Catt.
Defence Coach: Dave Ellis - available, experienced, successful…
Kicking Coach: Dave Alred – has his issues, but is still arguably the best kicking guru out there.