This year's official Six Nations launch was unusual in one respect.
It was the first time in a decade that the same six coaches who were talking about their team's prospects a year ago were still in situ 12 months on.
That minor miracle aside, a reassuring sense of déjà vu - or perhaps déjà entendu - pervaded proceedings at London's Hurlingham Club.
"This tournament is all about momentum," was, as ever, the go-to phrase, borne out perhaps by three Grand Slams in the last three years by three different countries.
Win the first game, get on a roll, and there's every chance the glory will follow.