Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Eddie Jones plays down England's record-equalling streak

Eddie Jones plays down England's record-equalling streak

England are not due to face New Zealand for another 18 months but will end the Six Nations ranked second behind the All Blacks regardless of whether they complete a grand slam in Dublin on Saturday.

Head coach Eddie Jones insists a second successive Grand Slam would bestow "greatness" upon England's players, something which Hartley expects his team-mates to relish seizing.

Howley's side impressed in a 22-9 win at Principality Stadium as they ended Ireland's Six Nations title hopes thanks to two tries from a rampaging George North.

He said: "We have two options".

"We've come a long way".

"We have been together now for eight weeks, the same as you are together to get to a World cup final", said Jones.

"It's a big occasion next week".

"We are positive Elliot is going to be ok". Jones repeatedly talks about England's desire to knock the world champions off their lofty perch but does not want his players getting ahead of themselves. "If you win 19 games on the trot you are pushing it".

"We are not beating our chest and saying we are the number one team in the world but we aspire to be the number one team in the world".

Wales take on France in the final round of this year's Six Nations, but Webb remains wary of the threat posed by Le Bleus after they hammered Italy.

It was Vunipola's first global appearance of this Six Nations after he suffered a knee ligament injury back in November.

But for all the Scots missed tackles, there was much to admire in the quality of Joseph's running and the precision of the play that helped create the tries the centre finished in style.

It was just a harmless hand gesture.I was throwing a punch in the air and people are talking about that rather than an incredible defensive performance where Ireland were kept try-less for the first time for four years. "Everything seemed to work from one to 15", Joseph said.

"It's been hard. It is a very honest camp we have. It's nearly impossible if you get it right". Daly suffered concussion after a unsafe dump tackle from Fraser Brown, who was cited for the incident.

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