The reputation of English rugby has already received a hammering but the leaking of the confidential reports into the squad's recent Rugby World Cup debacle is as heavy a blow as any.
Northampton's Jim Mallinder has confirmed he is interested in becoming England's next coach but says he has not yet heard from anyone at the Rugby Football Union.
English players who sign for foreign clubs risk forfeiting their international careers from next year as part of the Rugby Football Union's masterplan for global domination at the 2015 World Cup.
Martin Johnson would probably deny it, but if you'd offered him three wins from four a month ago he would probably have bitten your hand off.
History will prove this England victory to be more impressive than it felt at the time.
A year ago a cynic would have made a pointed comparison between Martin Johnson's faltering tenure as manager of the England rugby team and Fabio Capello's confident qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup.
England's recent surge of self-belief can be measured in two ways.
It is legitimate to argue that Samoa, per capita of its 179,000 population, produces more talented rugby players than any other country on earth.