I think we'll play better this week, says Eddie Jones

Beth Cruz
March 16, 2017

The record will be England's alone if they can beat Ireland in Dublin this weekend, which would also see them clinch back-to-back Grand Slams.

Scrum coach Greg Feek admitted earlier this week that Ireland's players were aware England had the chance to trump New Zealand's record at the end of the autumn series.

Tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong is the latest player to reject any notion of Ireland revelling in the prospect of ruining England's big day, insisting Saturday's hosts are more concerned with reasserting their own prowess at the Aviva Stadium.

Jones is meticulous with this approach to foreign turfs, and has in the past advised his England team to expect pre-match skulduggery; with Scotland it was wayward bagpipes, France it was renegade roosters and with Wales it was their goat potentially disrupting their preparations.

Former England flanker Maggie Alphonsi previews Friday's Women's Six Nations Grand Slam decider between the Red Roses and Ireland at Donnybrook (kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports Mix, EnglandRugby.com and England Rugby Facebook).

England's run has taken them second in the world rankings with 91.02 points.

"First and foremost I'd like to congratulate them on equalling the record", he said.

" England are arriving to Dublin on the back of a huge win against Scotland so their confidence will be high, and deservedly so".

And Jones says his team still have some way to go before being at the same level as the All Blacks.

"People here are very excited about the fact they're coming, as we don't get many touring teams in world rugby any more", he said. While Schmidt's men certainly have a fine degree of consistency in performance, Jones has managed to ensure England have had the results to go along the same consistent standard. Finally, you can now call yourself the best team in Europe.

In a few weeks time Lions Coach Warren Garland will be selecting his party to tour New Zealand this summer.

"I do think we'll be focused and I also think when you're away from home, you definitely kick your points because points are very hard to come by and slightly different at home".

"Failure is all relative, but we want to win back-to-back Grand Slams". We haven't got anything to celebrate yet. The world champions have already beaten Wales 63-0 and last weekend they were 64-0 winners against Scotland. "It's nearly a childhood dream as a rugby player", Jones said. She's a poacher in the same way as Marlie Packer is for England and both play at Bristol so they know each other well.

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