“We’re only going to get better,” says Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones believes his side “will only get better” after they beat France to clinch a first Six Nations Grand Slam title in 13 years.
The England head coach replaced Stuart Lancaster following a dismal Rugby World Cup
A 31-21 win over France in Paris on Saturday saw England win the Grand Slam for the first time since 2003.
England boss Eddie Jones watched his side end 13 years of Grand Slam heartache – then set his sights on toppling the world champion All Blacks.
Jones’ men scored three tries to none – through Danny Care, Dan Cole and Anthony Watson – in a 31-21 victory over France in Paris but could have come unstuck as their clean sweep curse nearly struck again.
“It’s a great achievement and I always had confidence in them,” said Jones.
“I’m very proud of the boys. We were not at our best but we battled throughout and deserve the victory.
Jones now has a three-Test tour of his native Australia this summer, but he has eyes on knocking Sonny Bill Williams and co off their perch.
“We have got the talent to beat the All Blacks. Maybe not now, but in two or three years’ time we will have a team to beat the All Blacks. We can’t now, but we will in the future.
“That is what we have got to aim for. Why play Test rugby, if you don’t think you can beat the All Blacks?
“When you win a Grand Slam, you beat every team in the competition and it means you are the most dominant team. We have made small steps, but we have got larger steps to make – and that starts with that Australia tour.
“I’m very proud of the boys we weren’t at our best but we battled through. I always had confidence in the team. In the first half we sat back a little bit but in the second half we were much better.”