Eddie Jones stokes All Blacks rivalry but warns of Ireland backlash
- Author: Lila Blake Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:14
Of course, this is likely to be some sort of psychological game by Jones and you wonder if he is attempting to divert attention away from the pressure surrounding his own side, in their attempt to clinch a Grand Slam and a record-breaking streak of 19 Test victories. "It is all ahead of us". I think the way we played showed what we can do.
"It's a big occasion next week". How many opportunities in your life do you get to beat Ireland in Ireland to win back-to-back grand slams?
"This team has moved on leaps and bounds - I think everyone would agree with that", said the 25-year-old.
Centre Caroline Ladagnous scored two tries, as a dominant first half allowed France to record a second bonus-point win of the year out in Parma. There's a perception that this year has been better and it probably has been, but you've still got to win and to win it you've got to stay undefeated.
England captain Dylan Hartley has urged his side to end the Six Nations with an unbeaten record and beat Ireland next weekend.
Wales' defence coach Shaun Edwards has hailed his side's defensive display in the 22-9 victory over Ireland last Friday as their best since he took over in 2008.
I've just been reading all the predictions at the start of the tournament and a number of people tipped them to win the competition.
Joe Schmidt has defiantly insisted Ireland's deflating Six Nations campaign can still be salvaged.
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.
One concern for England was the sight of Elliot Daly having to go off early following a unsafe "tip tackle" by Scotland hooker Fraser Brown that sent the wing crashing to the turf.
"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".
Jones said: "Ireland will come with a lot of emotion".