Grand Slam winner Jason Leonard believes England are a stronger unit following their painful experience of three final-hurdle failures in the quest to land European rugby's premier prize.
The Harlequins prop will overtake David Campese as the second most capped player in rugby history when England tackle unbeaten RBS 6 Nations title rivals Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Sunday.
But in addition to making his 102nd Test match appearance, Leonard will also become the first post-war England player to win four Grand Slams if Ireland are defeated.
The 34-year-old helped his country achieve championship clean sweeps - all under Will Carling's captaincy - in 1991, 1992 and 1995.
He has also been on the receiving end though, featuring in England's three final-game flops - 1999, 2000 and 2001 - during Clive Woodward's coaching reign.
"What people forget is that losing a Test match is painful. It doesn't matter whether it is for a Grand Slam or not - it hurts a lot because of your national pride," Leonard said.
"I have won Slams, and I've lost Slams, but one thing is for certain, we are a stronger team because of those set-backs."