Six Nations: Victorious Eddie Jones fully aware of Ireland's threat

Six Nations: Victorious Eddie Jones fully aware of Ireland's threat

Six Nations: Victorious Eddie Jones fully aware of Ireland's threat

England rugby coach Eddie Jones has played down his side's achievements, having equalled the world record for most consecutive Test match victories.

Their 61-21 dismantling of Scotland at Twickenham at the weekend drew England, who have already retained their Six Nations crown, level with world champions New Zealand's haul of 18 straight triumphs.

"We don't have to worry about [New Zealand] because we are not playing them", he said.

Jones acknowledged the opposition have made this year's tournament "immeasurably harder" than it was 12 months ago and rejected Sir Clive Woodward's view that the title alone - without a Grand Slam - would represent failure.

'There are so many really good teams involved and if we can finish in the top half, I don't think all is lost as a result, so we have to chase that result'.

"We want that record".

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"We have got to be better than them". We're preparing for the World Cup and this is a World Cup final. We haven't got anything to celebrate yet.

George North has issued a defiant message to critics after his two tries helped Wales lift their Six Nations gloom with a 22-9 victory over Ireland.

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. The players have experienced that the year before so I'm sure they will cope with that. I thought we were always going to play well against Scotland - and I think we'll play better this week. How many opportunities in your life do you get to beat Ireland in Ireland to win back-to-back grand slams?

"It is the day after St Patrick's Day, it is going to be very, very emotional, so we are going to have to turn up with the right mindset to try to negate everything that they are going to bring".

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.

Wasps utility back Elliot Daly, meanwhile, has been included in England's initial 31-man training squad for the Ireland clash despite being forced off after only 16 minutes on Saturday.

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