It’s just a day short of nine months since it began, but England have won the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.
A bonus-point 34-5 victory over Italy combined with France’s win over Ireland in Paris meant England won the title on points difference.
It’s a record 29th title for England, two more than their nearest rivals Wales, and Eddie Jones’ third title in five years since taking charge.
Speaking from Rome, Jones said: “I’m very proud of all the players and staff. They’ve reacted superbly to the changing situations in the past couple of weeks and remained focused on the goal of winning the Guinness Six Nations.
“We’ll have a couple of days rest then get back together later next week and put everything we have into our preparation for the Autumn Nations Cup. It’s another really important tournament for us and I’ll be expecting the same levels of application as we work towards performing at our best.”
Captain Owen Farrell added: “It feels like we’re just getting started. Obviously there were four new caps today, Ben got his 100th cap and Jamie his 50th and we feel like we’ve got a brilliant blend of youth and experience to drive us forward.
“We all love being here, we all love being in camp. We all love working hard to improve and hopefully you see that when we get out there on the field.”