Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Eddie Jones preparing England for 'World Cup final' against Ireland

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Ron Matthews | 14 March, 2017, 00:16

England coach Eddie Jones has urged his players to enjoy the occasion as they prepare to take on Ireland in the Six Nations finale. There's failure on one side or you can kick on and get better and hit those lofty heights.

Yet it is obvious that England have set their sights on finishing on a high, partly to avoid the anti-climax of being presented with the Six Nations trophy at the Aviva on Saturday evening but without the uplift of having also secured a Grand Slam.

"The performance against Scotland was pretty ruthless so it was a good progression for the team, but we've only equalled New Zealand's record. We want to finish on a positive note, so hopefully we'll see a lot more smiles from him". Every week you get that win and the team grows and hopefully we can use all of that to our advantage. He will not have forgotten the lampooning of himself and Australia's Michael Chieka as clowns by Australian and New Zealand publications a year ago but, more pertinently, he is determined to ensure England develop a harder edge before the 2019 World Cup.

"We haven't got anything to celebrate yet".

"When you compete and get beaten you don't like it".

"It's a great opportunity and a great experience".

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Martin Johnson's England needed to succeed in Ireland to claim a Grand Slam in 2011 but fluffed their lines and slumped to a 24-8 defeat. "They have been averaging 30-odd points a game recently and I didn't think it was possible to keep a top-four-ranked team to single-digit points".

"Last year we were nervous and I expect us to be nervous this year", he said.

"This is great for us". The fact we knew we were much better than we had been showing, and the fact results didn't go our way.

He was left disappointed last night after Joe Schmidt's Ireland suffered a huge dent in their hopes of winning the championship when they lost to Wales, 9-22.

"If you win 19 games on the trot, you are pushing it. We are hugely motivated to do it".

England are monitoring the fitness of winger Elliot Daly ahead of final game of the campaign. He will continue his graduated return-to-play protocol following possible concussion.

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