Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

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

Roof falls in on Irish hopes as England loom on horizon Reilly in line for another Grand Slam
Damon Campbell | 14 March, 2017, 00:47

England head coach Eddie Jones insists that his side will not lose to Ireland when they go in search of a record 19th successive victory on Saturday.

Care, who scored two of England's seven tries in their 61-21 mauling of Scotland, said: "We have gone to some big places and won big games.

Next week is about the grand slam and we are going to focus very closely on that".

"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". "The more preparation we have, the more knowledge we have of what Ireland are likely to do we can anticipate, react with speed and create pressure. We have worked too hard to want to be failures". We want to get better and win games every week. We're building up to a World Cup and this is like a World Cup final - victor takes all.

"You learn from history, we've got players who have been successful there and unsuccessful there", the 57-year-old said. We haven't got anything to celebrate yet. "A lot of our boys have been down there so we have some experience".

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It is a stark contrast to that famous night nearly 30 years ago when post-match refuelling meant something very different as players from both sides hit the town in Edinburgh and ended up in hot water after manhandling the famous old silver trophy the length of a drunken Princes Street pub crawl.

What they're really waiting for now is a second straight Grand Slam.

Wales denied Ireland any tries in a defensive shut-out Edwards branded the best rearguard performance in his coaching tenure dating back to 2008. "We've had many challenges over the past year or two and we've overcome a lot of them".

"This is great for us. It's 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 Ireland are going to bring on the mental side of things".

Shaun Edwards was disappointed to have been accused of a rude gesture while celebrating Wales' Six Nations win over Ireland. He will continue his graduated return-to-play protocol following possible concussion.

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