But only time will tell how much Martin Johnson will be missed following his decision to retire from the international game.
We've got good replacements in Danny Grewcock and Simon Shaw, and I'm pleased that Lawrence Dallaglio has been handed the captaincy again ahead of the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations Championship.
I believe he's the best man for the job. I think both Martin and Lawrence are similar, although Lawrence is more outspoken. The key is that both men are winners and lead by example on the field.
A cause for concern is Jonny Wilkinson's injury problems, but it is an opportunity to give someone else a chance.
I think the time is right to give Alex King a try if Charlie Hodgson is also forced to miss the opener against Italy.
No-one has the strength to beat England but it depends on injuries and how they cope with the loss of Johnson, a fantastic player and captain. Sport is also so unpredictable, you never know what's going to happen.
A number of teams are going through transitional periods due to retirements, and it will be interesting to see how they go in this tournament.
Wales showed at the World Cup that they can move the ball well and they will be looking to build on their performances Down Under.
But it's easier to throw caution to the wind when you've got nothing to lose and I'll be intrigued to see how they do this year.
However, France will be the main threat to England - I thought they were the second best team in the world last year.
This is a unique tournament. There will be a number of great games and a few surprises - I'm looking forward to it.