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A radio phone-in last week featured the usual clutch of conspiracy theorists ('I'd like to know the real reason he's leaving'); the parochialists ('Good riddance - we should have our own people running the game'); and, most depressing of all, the cynics who just can't accept Wales played wonderful rugby in the Six Nations ('We only won it because England were rubbish this year').
Whether that form is properly reflected in the number of Englishmen and Irish, given where they finished, is a matter for the parochialists to argueBut I'm not so sure that the form of the year before last, when England won the World Cup, is relevant now.
It's time we blinkered parochialists faced the delicious truth.