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.
Exactly nine years have elapsed since the Rugby World Cup final win of 2003 and Stuart Lancaster's latest team selection underlines just how far England have to go to replicate that feat.
The Harlequins full-back Mike Brown is set to start on the wing for England when they unveil their side to face South Africa at Twickenham.
The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will on Saturday evening play host to a meeting between the champions of the two hemispheres.
It is possible, as Australia proved on Saturday, to rise from the ashes of grim sporting failure within a week.
Sam Warburton says there is every chance that Wales will defeat New Zealand, even though they have lost their last five Tests, including Argentina and Samoa at home this month, while the All Blacks have gone 17 months and 19 matches without defeat.
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.
After the disappointment of the World Cup, English rugby has bounced back quickly with some very encouraging performances in Europe.