The first game of the Five Nations rugby championship in 1995 was not a happy one for Ireland.
In many ways England are back where it all started. Looming on Saturday week is a huge game against Wales at Twickenham, a fixture laden with faint apprehension and rich possibility.
After 128 caps and 13 seasons of Test rugby Ronan O'Gara learned he is not even Ireland's second-ranked fly-half.
England's back row, rather than their midfield, will be the key point of difference when Stuart Lancaster finally confirms his starting XV to face Ireland in Dublin on Friday.
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.
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.