- this England team are clearly uncomfortable with being favourites - which is a good thing because after today there's no chance of them travelling to Cardiff carrying that burden.
- with Manu Tuilagi shackled by the devious tactic of tackling low, England have precious few ball carrying options. If Ben Morgan isn't fit Billy Vunipola needs to be handed his debut.
- fine footballer that he is, Alex Goode is simply not quick enough nor strong enough in the tackle to be an international fullback. Mike Brown to fullback please, with Ben Foden onto the left wing.
- seriously, today has to have been Chris Ashton's last chance, doesn't it?
My 23 for Cardiff (which will of course never happen):
M. Vunipola, T.Youngs, Cole, Launchbury, Parling, Wood, Robshaw, B.Vunipola
B.Youngs, O.Farrell, B.Foden, B.Twelvetrees, M.Tuilagi, D.Strettle, M.Brown
Bench: Marler, Wilson, Hartley, Lawes, Croft, Care, Burns, Barritt