The 2012 Six Nations is done, which means the countdown to the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Hong Kong and Australia can properly begin.
Some say it will be a gamble if the Rugby Football Union install Stuart Lancaster as England's next permanent head coach.
Talk of retirement for Kauto Star is "very premature", according to the veteran steeplechaser's trainer, Paul Nicholls.
For a significant chunk of the England team Sri Lanka conjures few happy memories.
It is never easy for a leading man to make the step down to an understudy's role, but you would not have known that from the delight on the face of Ryan Jones on Saturday evening.
He has grown a beard, but even now, at the age of 28, he looks somehow too boyish to be an international lock.
It was rough, it was tough, and if there was poetry in the occasion – other than the verses by Owen Sheers, the Welsh Rugby Union's writer in residence, printed in the match programme – it was that of the coal face and the blast furnace.