After the undoubted disappointments of 2015 England rugby fans have some very good reasons to be cheerful as the new year begins.
2015 had a fair number of predictable results but overall it must go down as a year of surprises.
Watching Diego destroy a full pint of larger in a few seconds is better than watching any of his goals...
The 2003 World Cup winners Will Greenwood and Lawrence Dallaglio have questioned the absence of Sir Clive Woodward from the Rugby Football Union’s five-man panel to review England’s World Cup failure, which includes two individuals who approved the appointment of Stuart Lancaster as coach three years ago.
Never anger a Scot, because you will have to face their wrath.
This was undoubtedly Ireland’s day on the battlefield but, despite a fine win that secures safe passage to the kinder half of the knockout draw, their World Cup campaign may have suffered a series of grievous blows.
England fans woke up to a familiar hangover of bitter disappointment yesterday, while despair hung heavily in the air at the team’s base in Surrey as players and support staff attempted to come to terms with becoming the first Rugby World Cup hosts to ever go out in the pool stages.
The former Wales captain Gwyn Jones accused England of persistent underachievement after watching them lose to Australia at Twickenham to send Wales and the Wallabies through to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Long before Twickenham first heard it, Swing Low Sweet Chariot was a funeral hymn.