If my personal experience is anything to go by, English fans are about to realise the consecutive test wins thing is kind of meh. Once over, it just disappears from consciousness and feels hollow. Especially as it always seems to need to be accompanied with the disclaimer "not including Cyprus because I only include tier one countries, oh but what is tier one? Well Italy, yes I guess it is tier one, and we'll also include tier one countries like Namibia if they make up the numbers at RWC and are in the streak yada yada yada". Frankly it's a nonsense worthy of not much more than an amusement entry in Guinness World Records.
What counts in my opinion is 6N wins, Rugby Champ wins, RWC wins, away wins to top 5 ranked sides. I suspect English fans will look back and take the 2016 grand slam and 2017 6N but not much more. To really move forward they'll need more wins in NZ and SA and another RWC. Re the latter I've long since learned winning needs a combination of being a great team in depth, luck with injuries, luck with the draw, and luck with refereeing. Home ground should help but the stats don't back that up.
The RWC prediction business is a dense minefield with little prospect of getting out alive.
Gregan definitely mixed with Kiwis - he dined out on "that tackle" (as critical as it was), played 25 more tests than he should have (from his Brumbies "player power" base and to the detriment of Australian rugby) and his humility-free "four more years" call in 2003 set in train an ugly fan reaction on both sides of the Tasman that remains toxic even today.
Campo and Pocock I agree with. But John Eales I suspect would be the guy universally admired across Australasia. Great player, great leader and great human being.
Silly buggers is suggesting the Tele is one of the greats, albeit for tabloids it's a low bar.
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