When Joseph Heller wrote Catch-22 it appears he had English rugby in mind.
Exactly nine years have elapsed since the Rugby World Cup final win of 2003 and Stuart Lancaster's latest team selection underlines just how far England have to go to replicate that feat.
The Harlequins full-back Mike Brown is set to start on the wing for England when they unveil their side to face South Africa at Twickenham.
Test victories may have been in short supply but England's encouraging finish to their South Africa tour was significant on several levels.
Dylan Hartley will lead England in the final Test against South Africa on Saturday after Chris Robshaw was ruled out of the remainder of the tour with a cracked thumb.
The series may be gone but England have no intention of easing up in the final week of their South African expedition.
James Haskell could write a travel memoir based on his movements over the past year alone.
England's team to face South Africa in the first Test on Saturday should encourage junior club players everywhere.
Much has changed since an England rugby squad last boarded a long-haul flight.