The northern hemisphere giants were sent packing winless from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa this summer.
It was sobering to see them all beaten in every contest. Ireland may have had success in Argentina but the nine defeats suffered by England, Wales, France and Scotland to the bit three don’t make for good reading ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
We saw some fine performances from the key men for the big boys from down south.
Here is the team of the summer.