Wales erupted to seize the moment in a Six Nations unlike any other | Paul Rees

This manic and beguiling tournament gave little clue about what will happen next, least of all about Eddie Jones’ future

Autumn austerity turned into a spring splurge. It was as if players felt liberated outside their Covid bubble, prisoners of the pandemic running free. The disappointment was that there were no spectators to witness a Six Nations tournament where every team except Italy had its day and, for once, defences did not dominate.

Wales went from fifth to first, confirmed as champions after France failed to beat Scotland on Friday night, swapping places with England who just 17 months ago looked rugby’s coming force. Now a panel is being convened by Twickenham to sift through the flotsam of a campaign which started and ended befogged while showing flashes of illumination in between.

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