Now the World Cup draw is over, the politics will start.
Just when it seemed as though the year had exhausted its store of wonders, Twickenham coughed up one last miracle.
The pool draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be conducted in the Tate Modern this afternoon, an appropriate venue in which to contemplate England's startling weekend masterpiece.
Clinical is the buzz word when it comes to the All Blacks, but you get another perspective if you are part of a squad that has faced them at close to their remorseless best.
It is been a tough month for all the home nations but hope springs eternal in a British and Irish Lions year.
England are trying hard to shrug off the ominous news that Dan Carter should be fit to face them at Twickenham, insisting that the All Blacks are beatable this weekend.
Stuart Lancaster has responded to Saturday's frustrating defeat by South Africa by backing his captain, Chris Robshaw, and promoting Owen Farrell to the starting line-up to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.
When Joseph Heller wrote Catch-22 it appears he had English rugby in mind.
The Bath wing has not played for England since winning his first, and only, cap against New Zealand in November 2014, but with Eddie Jones considering a midfield of George Ford, Owen Farrell and Jonathan Joseph, the Fijian-born soldier would offer midfield thrust as well as finishing ability.
Eddie Jones has challenged his latest coaching addition, Paul Gustard, to add more bite to England’s defence when he starts work at the end of January.
Eddie Jones is ready to draw a line under the Stuart Lancaster era by appointing a new management team to take England through to the 2019 World Cup.