It's hard not to have a degree of sympathy for Steve Borthwick after he was left out of the England squad.
Don't get Oval Talk wrong, it was never in favour of Borthwick playing for England in the first place, let alone leading his country for the best part of two years.
But the fact he did - for 20 Tests - before injury finally helped manager Martin Johnson to see the error of his ways, is perhaps typical of the situation England find themselves in with less than 15 months to the World Cup.
Selection has been confused and confusing under Johnson and the fact England now look better set without his original choice as skipper is just another example in the raft of poor decisions made by the current regime.
By all accounts, Borthwick is a decent, likeable fella, an experienced club captain who sets a good example for younger players with his uber professional approach.
Certain stats tell us that he is effective on the field too, though stats can be misleading and used to support a variety of conflicting arguments.
The Saracens lock has always been a safe bet, a no-nonsense man who fitted the profile of how Johnson wanted England to play when he took over a little more than two years ago.
Nobody at Saracens and England has ever had a bad word to say about Borthwick, which is testament to his hard work and dedication.
But that is all it is, and the fact he is little more than a decent Premiership lock meant that his supporters always fell back on this dedication when looking for positive things to say.
Rarely could they cite examples of his play, or even his leadership, so they would instead talk about his character, his hard work, his preparation.
But a captain needs to be able to lead from the front, as Johnson himself did and as new England skipper Lewis Moody does whenever he pulls on the jersey.
When words fail, he can always fall back on actions.
Sadly Borthwick failed on both accounts. His refusal to say it as it was - adopting instead a preference for PR speak that presupposes things are going well just because someone says so - lost him the support of the England faithful long ago.
Moody is a different fish altogether, and while England are by no means the complete package under his captaincy, they have at least shown signs of moving in the right direction.
They pushed France all the way in Paris on the final weekend of the Six Nations and managed a rare Test victory in Australia last month, with Moody very much to the fore in both games.
Of course England have also been distinctly average under Moody, but his blunt appraisal of their dire performance in the first Test loss to Australia was at least refreshing in its honesty.
Borthwick's injury also meant Johnson had no choice but to look for alternatives for the England engine room.
OT was among the many who wanted Courtney Lawes to start in the Six Nations, and the fact he took his chance well when it finally arrived in Australia was another contributing factor to Borthwick's omission from the squad.
Gloucester tyro Dave Attwood also went well Down Under, and along with Lawes offers a degree of athleticism and a physical edge that is just not present in Borthwick's game.
England's decision to build their lineout around the fit-again Tom Croft also lessened their need for Borthwick's leadership in this set piece.
The last few months cannot have been easy for Borthwick. Losing the England captaincy is bad, losing your place in the England team worse.
But to then be considered not good enough for the squad must have been especially tough to take.
Johnson's hand may have been forced by injury, but OT for one thinks he has done the right thing by taking the difficult decision to leave his former skipper out of the squad.