Ahead of the game against France at the weekend, England and Harlequins winger Mike Brown, 27, gave me his views on the game, the possibilities of an England Grand Slam, his chances of Lions selection and missing Quins tilt for the title.
In the middle of this intense rivalry, stakes as high as you could want them, the O2 brand identity was sitting pretty on the shirts of both England and Ireland. Is it smart for a brand to openly court the allegiances of not just two distinct fan bases, but two rival nations in the same tournament?
It was great to win the first of our QBE Internationals matches on Saturday against Fiji. There are things that we did well as a team and some we need to improve on ahead of the next game, but overall we are pleased.