Eddie Jones twists the knife in Ireland's disappointing Six Nations campaign


Eddie Jones twists the knife in Ireland's disappointing Six Nations campaign

It's the second consecutive year England have secured the championship crown with a game to spare as they strolled to a record-equalling 18th straight win at the weekend.

The Wasps man has now set his sights on a win in Dublin as they look to put the pressure on New Zealand and celebrate a successive Grand Slam. "It is all ahead of us", Jones said. There's failure on one side or you can kick on and get better and hit those lofty heights.

Jones also noted that the crucial match with Ireland is more significant for his side's Six Nations Grand Slam aspirations, rather than setting a new record.

"Of course we want that record". Every week you get that win and the team grows and hopefully we can use all of that to our advantage. "I think Eddie and his coaching staff have pushed us massively to a goal at which everyone would have laughed at the end of the World Cup, but now it's realistic", he added.

"We're not going to get too carried away on this victory".

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

Care was on the bench for the 24-8 loss to Ireland six years ago which ruined England's Slam hopes.

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

"I felt we clicked very well as a team".

Fly-half George Ford, who believes "world class" Joseph had his best game in an England shirt against Vern Cotter's outfit, echoed the sentiments of his Bath colleague, despite expecting an Ireland backlash following their defeat to Wales on Friday evening. We are hugely excited about the challenge of going over to Dublin, and trying to go and create some history and memories with each other.

"They were favourites but they haven't won the Six Nations and they'll be carrying the expectation of their country to do well".

The Irish are chasing their third title in five years, although they had to be patient in Cardiff, as it took 39 minutes for the deadlock to be broken thanks to Lindsay Peat peeling off the back of a driving maul.

"We have to hand huge credit to the support we had on Friday night - it was unbelievable". He will continue his graduated return-to-play protocol following possible concussion.



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