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Performance against France showed that Eddie Jones has set his rejuvenated team on a third way to success The first rule of rugby gravity is simple. The best players and coaches are only as good as their next game, not the one just gone. The ideal time to judge this England team is not this week, with Wales up next in Cardiff, but after they have departed the dragon’s lair. Everything in between is potential motivation to be pinned up in the home dressing-room. Occasionally, though, a side soars so high so rapidly it becomes impossible for friend and foe not to ponder how far up the rocket might ultimately go. It is more than 15 years since Twickenham shook to the roar of a crowd not merely relishing a successful team but one looking to redefine what Test rugby could and should be. If France’s shortcomings played a big part on Sunday, England’s power, pace and speed of thought in the first 50 minutes were on a different plane. Continue reading...