The biggest talking point of the weekend was England’s demolition job on Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.
That 57-15 defeat for Ireland has raised serious questions about their prospects at the upcoming World Cup.
Ireland were shambolic in defence while their set-piece crumbled under the pressure of an excellent England performance.
There is no doubt that Joe Schmidt is facing one of the biggest challenges of his Ireland coaching tenure to date and it will certainly be interesting to see if the squad can bounce back when they take on Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
That result has come with world ranking ramifications. Ireland have now dropped to fourth in the world from their previous position of third thanks to that record defeat to England.
England, meanwhile, are now up two places to third in the world as a result of the victory. South Africa have slid back to fifth place.
Elsewhere, Scotland’s narrow win over France in Edinburgh sees Gregor Townsend’s side up to seventh in the world while France drop back to eighth.