The England head coach sat down with his senior players on Sunday night to work through the notes they had compiled from their Lions experiences in New Zealand last summer, when the All Blacks were defeated in Wellington and the series drawn.
"It's hard to wrap your arms around when you're both hitting each other at that much force, but I tried to". Well, you're going to do it at some stage - you know that, you know that.
Meanwhile England coach Eddie Jones was in sarcastic mood when asked during his post-match press conference about the possibility of being without Farrell for the November 10 clash against the All Blacks at Twickenham.
Having started his stint in charge of England with a streak of positive results, this year's performance in the Six Nations, combined with a poor tour of South Africa, has many wondering whether Jones will make it to 2019 at all. "I think he's a good bloke".
"The only people that don't understand what it's like to be a head coach of an worldwide team are the people who've never been one", the All Blacks head coach said. The Lions put a lot of pressure on the All Blacks in areas they didn't enjoy.
"It comes just in..."
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"And the expectations when you coach a top side like England are, you're expected to win, and play well". So he's not too bothered by it.
Owen Farrell's late penalty snatched a 12-11 victory for injury-hit England in their opening November global as sloppy South Africa were left to rue a lack of ruthlessness at Twickenham.
"The bottom line is he'll be going about doing his job like he always does".
Injuries have taken their toll on Jones' squad too but that gave him a chance to take a look at several players who have excelled in the early weeks of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season - like Newcastle Falcons' Mark Wilson and Exeter Chiefs' Alec Hepburn.
Jones continued, "New Zealand's an important game, don't get me wrong".
"To win a test match against a good opponent you've got to do your homework and things have to fall your way a little bit".