Shaun Edwards will not be a part of the British and Irish Lions coaching team on their tour of Australia next year.
Rob Howley will learn on Monday whether his time in charge of the Wales team continues to be dogged by injury.
On the field, an English club lost – again – but off it was where those sifting for encouragement might find succour.
Three years is a long, long time.
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.
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.