One day of atonement at Twickenham was never going to wipe away the years of bombast and folly – there simply wasn't enough sackcloth or ashes to go around – but anyone who still cares about England's rugby now has some little reason for hope.
Ian Metcalfe came along with more than half a pocketful of contrite sound bites
Mallett is a figure who has already poured scorn on the concept of a director of rugby
If we didn't know the extent of the breakdown of values and judgement at the Rugby Football Union, we do now.
Gloucester v Saracens
So you've read about the best but what about the rest?
Something extremely odd happened at the end of the World Cup of rugby that Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir turned into a personal issue of epic proportions. It was that England's captain Lewis Moody, as best he could given his team's performance here, joined on the list of tournament heroes his counterparts of New Zealand and France. Well, sort of.
Lewis Moody will miss England's Rugby World Cup opener against Argentina on Saturday after failing to recover from a knee injury in time.
England coach unsure over midfield combination due to players' lack of inventiveness – so why won't he try Flood?
Celebrity centre joins cast of Dragons staking claim for World Cup
Mike Tindall will captain an England side featuring 13 changes in Saturday's Rugby World Cup warm-up international against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
England manager not the only one with injury trouble after first opponents Argentina lose their maestro for tournament
Lingering sense of injustice after five dropped from World Cup squad before Wales warm-up game
Rising England star Manu Tuilagi reveals the fallout from that punch
So this is how my day goes. I ask my colleagues what they think I should write about today, hoping that they’ll supply the inspiration I’m missing.