- 7 Mar 07, 01:08 PM
Bath - England's players could not have asked for better conditions to practise the heads-up rugby to which they aspire.
On a beautiful sunny morning at the University of Bath, England's training session got underway an hour later than scheduled at 11 o'clock, much to the relief of the waiting pack of photographers.
But any insights into what to expect from England are few and far between with media access to the session strictly limited to 20 minutes.
And when I say strict, I mean strict.
When the whistle was blown to get things started, clocks were synchronised by the two burly security guards patrolling the touchline.
We did get to see a quick drill led by defence coach Mike Ford and then - after we received a five-minute warning - the players split up into forwards and backs.
Head coach Brian Ashton took the backs through some easy moves to get them up and running with new captain Mike Catt more than happy to call the shots.
But when the 20-minute mark was reached, that was that.
We were asked to move on by the security personnel in that polite but slightly threatening manner beloved by nightclub bouncers everywhere.
I can reveal that there are no hard feelings between Tom Rees and Magnus Lund after the Wasps flanker replaced his Sale counterpart in the team to face France.
The pair wandered down to training together, chatting amiably - as did fly-half rivals Toby Flood and Shane Geraghty.
But beyond that, however, there is not much more to report.