Settling in for another weekend of Six Nations rugby as the tournament rumbles on its satisfactory way.
I write as an Englishman, of course. Ireland and Wales contrived an early draw which is hardly helpful to either cause: the Welsh and French must slug it out at 8pm on a cold winter's Friday night (what's that all about?); and the others will contest the wooden spoon.
That Eddie Jones, what a card. Maro Itoje? Nah, mate, he'll be great one day but it's too early just now. Then, a couple of weeks later - I told him he had to work on a few things; he's done that, and now he's ready. Elliot Daly? Nah, mate ... then, a couple of weeks later ... Good enough for me: Daly should have played in the RWC and he can't get into the starting line soon enough SFAIAC.
And I like the gracious way Jones is allowing the hapless and hopeless Robshaw a dignified passage to the bed nearest the door. He still has to fix Farrell's petulance though. Another gratuitous display last time out: it can't go on.
Jones' arrival seems to gave galvanised everyone, notably including James Haskell (and his agent / ghostwriter) who has gone into overdrive on the mouthing-off-for-the-journos front. We've had issues with the puffed-up, pumped-up Mr H before, and he's still a big oaf: but he's done his time, worked his passage, obtained a sense of humour and - within his obvious limitations - playing better than ever. The RWC fiasco wasn't down to him.
But back to Jones: it's great to see someone with such a crystal-clear view on what needs to be done. "We're only under pressure when we don't know what to do" (which is true in almost every sphere of life) - he's thought it all out and lets them know exactly what to do. Speaking of which, Jonny Wilkinson is equally clear-sighted in his match-day punditry for ITV, with instantaneous, incisive (and utterly authoritative) diagnoses + practical prescriptions. He'll make a great coach, too, if he's minded to give it a go.