England have suffered some horrible Six Nations fates in Dublin in recent years, but this time it is Ireland who are being advised to brace themselves.
Owen Farrell believes England are on the road to becoming "a special team" as they prepare to travel to Dublin for Sunday's top-of-the-table encounter with Ireland.
As numerous former England coaches will tell you, victory on the opening Six Nations weekend is not a guaranteed passport to a green and pleasant land.
A casual visitor to Wales's training base in the Vale of Glamorgan could be forgiven for mistaking Mark Jones as one of the squad preparing for the Six Nations rather than a member of the management team.
Everyone knows how this year's Six Nations will be won and lost.
Wales shrugged off Jim Telfer's comments that their players were inherently lazy by saying they did not know where the former Scotland and Lions coach was coming from.
Chris Robshaw has been reappointed as England's captain for their forthcoming Six Nations campaign, which commences against Scotland on Saturday week.
Eddie Jones has challenged his England team to show no mercy when they collide with Italy in Rome on Sunday.
The sheer scale of the Six Nations, says Eddie Jones, is just beginning to dawn on him.
Eddie Jones loves an analogy and, with the Calcutta Cup looming on Saturday, his recipe for Scottish beef is already in the oven. “It’s like a slow cooker, mate.