Eddie Jones won’t be satisfied until England are the best in the World
“England must bring intensity against France,” says the head coach
The men in white were crowned RBS 6 Nations champions on Sunday following Scotland’s win over France
Head Coach Eddie Jones says he will not be satisfied until England are the best team in the World and winning a Grand Slam on Saturday will be a step closer to that goal.
The me in white have claimed the 2016 Six Nations Championship title with a round to spare following a penultimate weekend in which Wales were beaten 25-21 at Twickenham and Scotland saw off France.
“I’ll be satisfied when England become the number one team in the world – that’s the whole aim of coming here,” the Australian added. “The Six Nations title is a nice little step for us. It’s nice to get a trophy for the cabinet, but we have bigger fish to fry – and the first one is the Grand Slam on Saturday.”
A first Grand Slam since Martin Johnson’s World Cup-winning team of 2003 is on offer in Paris on Saturday, and Jones wants England to demonstrate that his side are the unchallenged rulers of the northern hemisphere.
“The history is fantastic. England have been playing rugby since 1871 – that’s 100 years after Captain Cook arrived in Australia – and England have only won 12 Grand Slams,” the head coach said.
“So only 12 times have England been able to say that, conclusively, we’re the best team in Europe. That’s what the Grand Slam gives you the chance to do.
“If you beat everyone in Europe, it’s a great achievement. It’s –where we can really prove ourselves to be a side that’s changed. That’s the opportunity for us.
“That’s what we want to do – show everyone in Europe that England has changed its rugby. Beating France in Paris will be a big statement in doing that. But I can’t say I’d be satisfied there
“I went around and talked to a couple of the players who had experienced those Grand Slam opportunities and asked if there was anything we could learn from them,” he said.
“The underlying thought was you can never underestimate an opposition team in Test match rugby.”