Eddie Jones has picked the brains of Arsene Wenger and Sir Dave Brailsford on how best to keep England at the top of their game.
England have been crowned Six Nations champions and won the Autumn Nations Cup since reaching the World Cup final 14 months ago.
Eight straight wins has lifted them to number two in the world and they are favourites to land their third consecutive trophy in the upcoming Six Nations.
But head coach Jones won’t rest on his laurels and has spent lockdown studying sporting dynasties and how good teams become great.
The conversations he has had include one with Brailsford, who turned British cycling into an Olympic medal factory.
He has also spoken to Wenger, the longest-serving and most successful manager in Arsenal’s history.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of coaches’ conferences with Dave Brailsford and Arsene Wenger and to learn from those two guys,” he revealed.
“I feel embarrassed being at the same table as Brailsford. His thought pattern and his thinking about how to take a team forward was absolutely outstanding.
“I also picked up a couple of ideas from Arsene, who has a wealth of experience in how you manage teams and, the longer you stay in the job, what you have got to do to keep your team growing.”
Jones is currently self-isolating after his forwards coach Matt Proudfoot tested positive for Covid-19.
He will not join up with his squad at St George’s Park until Thursday – just nine days before England kick-off their campaign at home to Scotland.
But he has already set the tone for the week-long training camp at the National Football Centre in Burton.
“We have to learn how to be a winning team which is about having that absolute hunger to keep on getting better and never be satisfied,” he said.
“We want to be a team that plays at a level that the other teams can’t compete against.
“The ball’s in play for 32 minutes, so that’s 32 minutes we want to dominate the opposition. And that’s our goal – to be able to dominate at the set-piece, be able to dominate at the breakdown.
“When we get the ball and we use the ball, be able to take the ball forward in an effective manner. When we kick, have a great kicking game. When we defend, drive the opposition backwards.”
These, of course, are uncertain times and Jones is sympathetic to factors brought into play by a prolonged period in lockdown.
His players and staff spent the autumn in a bubble at their Teddington base and, under new Six Nations regulations, will have to do so again for the duration of the championship.
He said: “We will continually monitor bubble fatigue because you can see in most elite sports at the moment that fatigue is a factor.
“A lot of players have come off no pre-season. They’ve had back-to-back seasons and conditions are quite oppressive.
“But we have got to have such a smile on our faces because we are lucky to be able to play our sport, to play at elite level. We are so grateful.”