While a quartet of young bucks headed by scoring machine Chris Ashton have been mostly credited with the upturn in England's fortunes over the last year, Oval Talk thinks it is the more experienced Toby Flood who deserves as much of the attention.
The flamboyant Ashton, along with Northampton team-mates Ben Foden and the currently injured Courtney Lawes, plus livewire scrum-half Ben Youngs, have rightly been identified as the players to lead England into a new, and hopefully more successful, dawn.
This year's World Cup may come a little too soon for them, but if they continue in the same vein that has seen them become international regulars, then England might have every right to fancy their chances in the tournament they host in 2015.
All are young, all are highly confident and all possess an attacking talent that thankfully belongs nowhere near the turgid approach that blighted the early reign of England boss Martin Johnson.
At 24, Flood arguably deserves to be bracketed in this 'new generation', which also includes Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole and Tom Wood, and to which England might now be able to add 22-year-old prop Alex Corbisiero after his impressive debut against Italy last weekend.
But although Flood is young enough to be included in this group - and a year younger than Foden - he seems to have been on the international scene for so long that many now consider him one of the older heads in the England set-up.
Not quite as old a head as Mike Tindall perhaps, but certainly more so than the majority of players in the England elite squad.
Indeed, only eight players have more than Flood's 36 caps, a list that includes the likes of Simon Shaw, Joe Worsley, Lewis Moody, Steve Thompson and Jonny Wilkinson, who really are old heads.
OT is happy to admit that he never thought Flood would ever truly make it on the international stage. A decent club player yes, especially after his move from Newcastle to Leicester, but OT used to think him too one-dimensional to really mix it with the very best.
However, such has been Flood's contribution to the England cause in the past 12 months that OT would not be surprised if he is now one of the first names - if not the first - on Johnson's team-sheet.
Since kicking 26 points in the two Tests against Australia last summer Flood has been a picture of reliability. In the Twickenham win over the Wallabies in November he landed seven penalties and two conversions for a 25-point haul - a record for either team in the fixture.
Not everything has gone right for England in that time - they lost to New Zealand and South Africa last autumn - but Flood has mostly impressed during a period in which England have won five of their last seven.
He has kicked his goals, made his tackles, and increasingly developed an ability to put his runners into scoring positions, especially Ashton, as we saw against Wales and Italy.
OT fully expected Wilkinson to reclaim the England number 10 jersey if and when he got a decent run of games under his belt, as he has now done with Toulon. But despite the World Cup winner's strengths, it is unlikely England would have been able to play with their recent attacking zeal had he been pulling the strings.
Rather, Flood has succeeded in guiding England into winning positions before his friend and former Newcastle team-mate is sent on to help close the game out with his renowned tackling and precision place kicking.
Of course Flood's achievements have not gone unnoticed, and he was rightly named man of the match after England's win in Cardiff, where he set up Ashton's first try and landed five kicks on goal.
But because he goes about his business with a reassuring calm and in a less eye-catching manner than the likes of Ashton, Youngs and Foden, Flood tends not to claim the same headlines.
Mark Cueto recently warned that Ashton would become a target for the opposition after his recent exploits, but OT thinks England's opponents could be better served trying to knock Flood off his game.
Serge Betsen famously did a job on Wilkinson in the 2002 Six Nations, almost single-handedly securing a win over England that allowed France to go on and claim the Grand Slam.
OT rather suspects Flood will come in for similar treatment when the sides meet at Twickenham in two weeks' time.