Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

England are not done yet...we want to make history - Eddie Jones

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Damon Campbell | 16 March, 2017, 00:48

Going into the final round of Six Nations matches on Saturday, however, they stand on the verge of a remarkable rise into the top four.

England were chasing a Grand Slam that day but Ireland put in a dominating performance to emerge 24-8 victors.

South Africa and Argentina were vanquished three times apiece, as were Wales, with France hammered 62-13 and World Cup opponents Namibia, Georgia and Tonga providing the only lower-level opposition.

"We're very prepared. There'll be no stone left unturned this week, he [Jones] will guarantee that, and we'll go out there and give ourselves the best chance to win". Even in games which they've won, which is all of them under the Australian, the rhetoric from the players always centres around a desire to improve. They've raised the bar and have really grown into the tournament.

Eddie Jones compares the praise England have received from New Zealand coach Steve Hansen to the fairytale of little red riding hood being deceived by the wolf.

"However Ireland are the comeback queensat the moment, they always seem to finish strongly in the second half".

England manager Eddie Jones has claimed that his side will not lose to Ireland when the two sides meet in Dublin on Saturday.

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Asked if Ireland's players will channel their energies into ending England's winning run, Furlong replied: "No".

In the back-row, flankers Ciara Griffin and Claire Molloy pack down with Number 8 and Captain Paula Fitzpatrick for their sixth consecutive game in a row. 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.

"When the time comes it's going to be a cracker".

Sam Aspland-Robinson, Tom Curry and Nick Isiekwe return to the side after missing the 33-5 victory over Scotland last week while Gloucester hooker Henry Walker earns his first start.

This week's match at the Aviva has lost some of its significance given that England have already been crowned Champions and Ireland no longer have the potential for silverware.

Back Elliott Daly, who suffered a head injury in the crushing victory over Scotland last weekend, continues his graduated return-to-play protocol. The Six Nations is such an intense competition that throws up big matches. However Ireland will still be highly motivated to beat England as the visitors attempt to win a Grand Slam and extend their record sequence of worldwide victories to nineteen. "You can feel within the team there's a different intensity about the way we do things". It's an opportunity to continue to grow your self-belief.

"We'll have a couple of quiet drinks tonight and enjoy that and attention then turns to Ireland and that's going to be hard".

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