Old-fashioned, Crazy Gang-era Wimbledon used to force their opponents to take cold showers and subject them to obnoxious music.
Eddie Jones has in his long career never been accused of being diplomatic but since taking over as England’s head coach at the end of last year he has adopted a national tradition: his upper lip has largely been stiff, apart from the odd twitch, but that is set to change in the coming months as his side switches from European skirmishes to battles against the might of the southern hemisphere.
The road has been long and winding but Bristol’s seven-year exile from the Premiership is finally over. Never in the club’s long and distinguished history has a home defeat been celebrated so raucously. Had the hosts not held a 15-point cushion from the first leg, the last-quarter tension would probably have dislodged tiles from nearby rooftops.
Fiji-born Samu Kerevi and former rugby league player Karmichael Hunt are a chance to make their Test debuts after being included in the Wallabies’ training squad for a three-Test series against England in June.
Eddie Jones has poured scorn on suggestions from Toulon’s owner, Mourad Boudjellal, that Steffon Armitage has been promised an immediate route back into the England squad this year, insisting the flanker will have to move back across the Channel before he is considered for international duty and denying having spoken to anyone at the French club.
It is nine years since an English club lifted Europe’s premier club trophy but Saracens can sense their time approaching.
English rugby has over the years developed a reputation for a Roundhead attitude, but it is the round ball that is inspiring Eddie Jones as the national team’s head coach looks to build on this year’s grand slam success and oversee a fundamental change in playing style.
The last time England’s rugby players came out to Portugal to prepare for a big game against South Africa was in 2007 during the brief reign as head coach of Brian Ashton.
This was not quite what BT had in mind when agreeing to pay England's leading clubs a wedge of cash to televise their matches.
Aside from the first pictures of Donald Trump inside the White House there was no disputing the week’s most terrifying image.
As Eddie Jones prepares to mutter “G’day” to the reception staff at Twickenham and starts his search for the men to lead England forward, it will be fascinating to see in which direction he sets out.
The trio are related but still had to go head-to-head in the Six Nations yesterday.
It has been a long time coming but the new heads of agreement between the RFU and Premier Rugby is set to be announced by the end of this month and Eddie Jones says he is “completely satisfied” with the deal.
Eddie Jones expects England to provide at least 15 players in the British and Irish Lions’ squad – almost half the touring party to New Zealand next year – and will regard it as a personal failure if that target is not reached. But the Australian also warned his players that unless they maintained the required standard for England and avoid letting the Lions tour to the home of the world champions become a distraction they risk missing out altogether on Warren Gatland’s selection.
Sometimes it is less the number of games a sportsman plays than the heart and soul he pours into the jersey he wears.
England’s injury crisis has deepened after Mike Williams became the fourth flanker to be ruled out of the entire autumn series.
Eddie Jones has ruled out any prospect of him coaching the British & Irish Lions next year, despite having guided England to an unprecedented series win over the Wallabies.
Perhaps it was the embarrassment of being the first Australian coach to lose a home series to England that did it, or possibly it was being mocked up as a clown last month.
The last time South Africa lost all their autumn Tests they at least went down swinging.
Odd little memories stand out crystal clear from the great mêlée of Saturday’s match, which was otherwise one long blur of flying bodies, boots and balls, reset scrums, rolling substitutions, red and yellow cards.