England fly-half Charlie Hodgson will reflect on the 2005 RBS 6 Nations as the toughest but most rewarding period of his international career.
Hodgson, and his goal-kicking in particular, was singled out for blame as England lost each of their first three matches of the tournament by just a single score.
England head into their final game of the championship on Saturday against Scotland, ending what has been a tough journey for Hodgson.
"I have enjoyed it but it has been hard work. There have been hard times, I have taken a lot of stick but you deal with that. And it's the way you deal with it that makes you a better player," he said.
"If you went through your whole career being successful you probably wouldn't learn too much.
"It is the times when things aren't going for you that you learn about yourself as a player and the way you perform.
"From the summer tour down in New Zealand and then coming into the Six Nations, they are tough matches. But that is when you learn through situations.
"You watch the video afterwards, learn from what went wrong and hope to put things right in the next game or next time you are in that situation again."
After that defeat to France at Twickenham, Hodgson returned to play for Sale, booted them to victory over Leeds and hardly put a foot wrong.
Hodgson, in the face of adversity, had developed the mantra "I will always look positively at myself and look forward to the next challenge".
His kicking improved for the Ireland game but then returned to being frustratingly wayward against Italy last weekend, where he only succeeded with three from seven attempts.
The 24-year-old, though, is determined to rough out the difficult times, learn all he can and emerge the other side a better player.
"There has been a lot of pressure on me to perform and get results. It is a massive competition to play in and it has been great for me to be involved in every game," he said.