Eddie Jones: 'Ireland will be grossly disappointed'


England coach Eddie Jones has urged his players to enjoy the occasion as they prepare to take on Ireland in the Six Nations finale.

"It was the best, to be honest, because of the standard of the opponents we had", he said.

Former England global Clive Woodward claimed that only a Grand Slam win would stop this season being a "failure", a notion Jones has rubbished.

"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".

"We want that record".

Wales came back strongly in the second-half and thanks partly to a try from Shona Powerll-Hughes they got back on level terms.

"We just have to be really well prepared".

"If we were to get beaten on Saturday, is it a failure?"

"What we said - and we had a great discussion - is that we have to acknowledge we've been successful and it's now about how much we want to be great".

Centre Jonathan Joseph, who scored his second Six Nations hat-trick against Scotland, believes the current vintage will not buckle under the pressure. "We've had many challenges over the previous year or two and we've overcome a lot of them".

"This is great for us".

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

'To bounce back from [losing to Wales] is hard but I know this group of players are incredibly good to work with, are incredibly resilient and they have demonstrated that before. "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".

England, infamously, could not even win two games in a row at their own World Cup, defeats on consecutive weekends at Twickenham by Wales and Australia condemning the tournament hosts to a first-round exit.

"It's a big motivation for us in..."

Daly, however, remains with the England squad as he undergoes the head injury assessment protocols for players with suspected concussion.