Here's to you Mr. Robinson - an exceptional coach
I can see into the future. England are going to nick Andy Robinson back as soon as they can. The man is ahead of the game in the northern hemisphere.
Northern hemisphere rugby teams lag far behind their rivals south of the equator. And I think I know why. We lack smartness in the way we play, our individual skills are not the equal of theirs, and we play in a winter that is far worse than theirs.
But fundamentally our coaching, and our in-depth knowledge about rugby is behind theirs. Southern hemisphere rugby is fantastic stuff.
Apart from Scotland beating Argentina - more of that later - the northern hemisphere teams were all utterly demolished by their rivals.
England used a dominant scrum to shore up a catastrophic inability to breach the Australian line, Ireland were humbled, the French mauled and Wales have yet to tour.
It was, frankly, embarrassing. They come here and we struggle to beat them - though Scotland beat the Aussies last November - and when we go there we get beaten, even if we all join together in the British and Irish Lions.
As I watched it unfold on TV, I could not believe how stodgy, predictable, and one-paced England were, but I marvelled at the Aussies and the way they play. An English 1970s fascination with a pick-and-go game with no width as against the new Australia, their width of distribution from Quade Cooper, and their hard and direct running lines (with a blocker or two).
What the heck has happened to the England rugby team? You know the answer? They sacked their best coach, Andy Robinson.
Let's look at Scotland for a while. Excellent. Predicted to lose heavily to an Argentine side which hadn't lost a game in Tucuman and who, for good measure, had invented a trophy to be presented by the government to the winning side, they came out and flung the ball around.
Robinson's philosophy is to play "through" teams, so the attack is usually a long flat pass from Dan Parks away from the breakdown and with a decoy runner or two and an offload in contact. It worked.
Parks, again, was utterly superb.
Every time I see one of our sides play teams from abroad I look at muscle structure, power, game plan, individual skills, and commitment.
Mostly, and I want to be honest here, we look second rate: not prepared with the same expertise, less explosive, poorer technique especially in open play, and more conservative.
There is a coaching problem in the UK. And there isn't the same attention to detail and skill and fundamental understanding of the game as there is below the equator.
And it will not change until our season is changed so that we play more rugby, especially for children, in better weather and we have more emphasis on running with the ball in hand.
Sorry, but that is what I believe. I find these results embarrassing.
On a positive note, well done to the southern hemisphere. They have won all but one World Cup and are leading the world in rugby terms.
Although...come on, Scotland!