England kick off their 2014 Six Nations Campaign on Feb. 1 under the lights in Paris against last year’s wooden spoonists France.
Despite a year that has been more Les Miserables than Magnifique, France are still capable of turning in a performance full of flare and fire in front of a pumped up home crowd.
England continue to search for the right blend in certain areas, while other players have done a good job of cementing themselves in Stuart Lancaster’s plans for the long term.
If the Grand Slam they missed out on in Cardiff in 2013 is not to elude them again, they will need to hit the ground running with arguably their toughest fixture up first.
Time to get the red rose-tinted crystal ball out and have a look at the XV Lancaster could pick to clip the cockerel’s wings.