Eddie Jones: Ireland were the Six Nations favourites, they'll be "grossly disappointed"

Beth Cruz
March 14, 2017

With their 18 win in-a-row last weekend, England equalled the record of consecutive victories by a tier one nation - set by the All Blacks - but Jones admits his side pay little attention to accolades, and are nowhere near where they want to be.

All the criticism of England underperforming disappeared last Saturday when England thrashed Scotland 61-21 at Twickenham to retain the Six Nations title that Jones one in his first year with England, and the Australian now has the chance for his team to become the first to win consecutive Grand Slam titles in the Six Nations era, but also break New Zealand's record for the most consecutive victories in worldwide rugby.

"We don't have to worry about [New Zealand] because we are not playing them", he said. There's a perception that this year has been better and it probably has been, but you've still got to win and to win it you've got to stay undefeated.

"The grand slam was our goal at the start of the tournament and we're firmly pushing towards it".

Elliot Daly is undergoing the return to play protocols for concussion after being tip-tackled by Scotland hooker Fraser Brown in the first half but England hope the Wasps wing will be available for Ireland. "We have worked too hard to want to be failures".

"We are not the number one team in the world - you have just got to look at the rankings", Jones told the Sunday Times.

Jones said: "If we were to get beaten - and we won't - is it a failure?"

The Summerhill woman was an ever-present member of the Irish team as they marched to a Grand Slam title in 2013.

Rob Howley's side will close their Six Nations account by taking on France in Paris on Saturday, with Edwards demanding more of the same without the ball against Les Bleus.

'I know there was a lot of talk about next weekend and I knew we were capable of getting ourselves to that place [to be still in the title hunt], so it's incredibly disappointing we are not there'.

On an afternoon where fans basked in the glory of an England side delivering a highlight reel performance, they were also treated to a veritable love-in from Hartley and Joseph.

"This is great for us. We kept going until the very end". How many opportunities in your life do you get to beat Ireland in Ireland to win back-to-back grand slams? But was it the best they've played under his stewardship?

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