Three years is a long, long time.
Stuart Lancaster has responded to Saturday's frustrating defeat by South Africa by backing his captain, Chris Robshaw, and promoting Owen Farrell to the starting line-up to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.
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.
England's head coach Stuart Lancaster should be feeling quietly optimistic as he prepares to name his autumn Test squad on Thursday.
English rugby unveiled a shiny new initiative for the future on Tuesday in the shape of a new performance academy for its brightest talent, a reminder to the senior squad that everyone has a shelf life.
Test victories may have been in short supply but England's encouraging finish to their South Africa tour was significant on several levels.
The series may be gone but England have no intention of easing up in the final week of their South African expedition.
Much has changed since an England rugby squad last boarded a long-haul flight.