Sir Clive Woodward admitted to feeling a tinge of nostalgia when he returned to England's training base at the Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey.
The former England coach, who was preparing his northern hemisphere team for the Tsunami relief game at Twickenham, conceded that returning to the hotel had brought back some wonderful memories for him.
''You kind of miss it. It's surreal coming back here,'' Woodward said.
''I've had so many great memories of five or six years and I've not been back for nine months, so just to talk to the team, with players from different countries, has been interesting.
"That's what it's going to be like in a few months time when the Lions get together so it's a good dress rehearsal. It's good to be back and I'm really looking forward to the Lions.''
After missing out on England's 2015 RBS 6 Nations campaign through injury, centre Brad Barritt admits he is determined to make up for that disappointment in style with club side Saracens during the season run-in.