Don't you just love the good old British press?
Back in October the England squad was drowning in a press-led vat of negativity. As the team struggled for fluency on the field, stories emerged of booze-fuelled dwarf chambermaids bungee-jumping from ferries and, following the ¼ final defeat to France, a vicious post mortem portrayed the squad as a bunch of out-of-control, ill-disciplined, greedy prima donnas led by an out-of-touch and ineffective management.
Neither picture, of course, is the whole truth. Just as things were never as bad in New Zealand as the press would have had us believe, one victory in Paris does not an “England re-birth” make.
Don’t misunderstand me. Stuart Lancaster has done a remarkable job so far and, yes, on Sunday I was punching the air with the best of them as Tuilagi, Morgan and Croft tore past French defenders. We need, however, to get things in perspective. It was one win against a terrible French team and no more than that. Let’s not get carried away.
Win again against Ireland on Saturday however and…