Now another of English rugby union's most notorious recidivists, Chris Ashton, has re-entered the Test picture, with the same kind of air of the unexpected, with his selection to start in the big Test of the autumn against the world champions, New Zealand, at Twickenham tomorrow. That, to us, wasn't successful.
We just need to be able to put it together on the day, make some good decisions and bring that right intensity to get us ahead.
Such comments offer a glimpse inside the mentality of the All Blacks this week. They want to make a statement.
"If you're slightly off against the All Blacks they'll take advantage". However, 20.95% of entries into New Zealand's 22 since 2017 have come as a result of a reception on a New Zealand kick and that's a significant increase on the 12.04% of entries into the 22 that the All Blacks have managed in the same fashion.
"But if you were asking me was he disappointed, yes he was, obviously". He did a shoulder charge which hit someone in the chops and got red carded and rightly so.
The All Blacks celebrating their championship win.
"As long as it doesn't create more logjams in the calendar", replied Hansen, when asked if he would like to face England more often.
This week the All Blacks management and players regularly touched on the differences in style between the southern and northern hemispheres, nearly taunting England to deviate from their script.
Hansen's All Blacks are set to play at Twickenham for the first time since their World Cup final victory over Australia in 2015.
England: Elliot Daly, Chris Ashton, Henry Slade, Ben Te'o, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (co-captain), Ben Youngs, Mark Wilson, Sam Underhill, Brad Shields, George Kruis, Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler, Dylan Hartley (co-captain), Ben Moon.
In naming his team for this highly anticipated test Jones said: "The expectation for Saturday is no different to any other test match".
"At one stage, we were so close to them that they wanted to kiss the New Zealanders, but I told them to take it easy", said Dusautoir afterwards.
"But he's tough so he gets up and he plays". It's hard to get momentum when you're changing your squad all the time.
"It's a familiarisation. We show respect and we get on with the game".
Two-time world player of the year Beauden Barrett and mercurial youngster Damian McKenzie will both start in the one-off Test in London.
Hansen said the New Zealanders were taking no chances with Moody's eyesight. This caculated message is a clear tactic to dial up pressure on Jones and England.
While the 59-year-old would be open to the idea of more regular meetings between the two countries, he has concerns about the knock-on effect.
Walk towards it, as the All Blacks say.
"If I had my way, I'd have all the players numbered the same", Jones said on Thursday.
"We have to put our stamp on the game". There's already pressure on us.