England's interim head coach, Stuart Lancaster, says he expects the Six Nations visit to France on Sunday week to provide the "benchmark" of how much progress the side have made under his brief stewardship.
England omitted Eoin Morgan from their tour of Sri Lanka with the usual encouraging messages that they see this as an interruption, rather than a termination, of his Test career.
Sir Ian McGeechan has given a significant boost to Stuart Lancaster's chances of keeping the England job permanently.
England's topsy-turvy desert winter ended in triumph in at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Not for more than a decade has an England-Wales game captured as many hearts and minds.
Andy Murray pulled out of the Rome Masters on Thursday afternoon, citing tiredness after an unprecedented run of success on clay that finally caught up with him, and will return to London before resuming his preparation for the French Open, which starts on Sunday week.
Mo Farah admits that the European 3,000m record is in his sights when he gets his outdoor track season under way in Doha on Friday.
Andy Murray cannot stop winning on the red stuff.