Eddie Jones is planning to leave key players at home when England face a three-Test series in South Africa this summer but his squad will be thrown straight back into rugby action on Saturday in a packed schedule.
Stuart Broad says he has the hunger to continue until at least next year's Ashes series despite the fact he is likely to be stripped of the new ball for this week's opening day-night Test against New Zealand.
Having seemed barely beatable for a couple of seasons, the supremacy of the English rose has been obliterated. Except for that one blip in Dublin last year, England had looked the side most likely to threaten perhaps the most consistently dominant team in elite sport, New Zealand. That chat, though, has quelled somewhat.