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Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Eddie Jones stokes All Blacks rivalry but warns of Ireland backlash

Eddie Jones stokes All Blacks rivalry but warns of Ireland backlash

Eddie Jones made a rare appearance of a Monday before a Test Match, but not just any old game, as England close in on the 19 wins world record and the chance at "greatness" as the first team to become back-to-back Six Nations champions.

Jones' men have already retained the Six Nations crown following their win over Scotland, but they can secure their second straight Grand Slam if they beat Joe Schmidt's side.

"We've spoken about having two options", said Hartley.

"The grand slam was our goal at the start of the tournament and we're firmly pushing towards it".

"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".

"In the past Ireland have probably shocked us a bit with their intensity".

"Of course we want that record". "He understands the game and I think we can get the ball to the space pretty well. That's the reality. But we'll keep working until we get there".

"It is very easy for us to go from where we are to failures".

Martin Johnson's England needed to succeed in Ireland to claim a Grand Slam in 2011 but fluffed their lines and slumped to a 24-8 defeat.

"Last year we were nervous and I expect us to be nervous this year".

"This is great for us".

'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 a great opportunity and a great experience". You have to be around your best for five games in a row. "We kept going until the very end".

"We're hugely excited about going over to Dublin and trying to create history and some memories together", said the Leicester-bound No10.

Wales take on France in the final round of this year's Six Nations, but Webb remains wary of the threat posed by Le Bleus after they hammered Italy.

"We have to hand huge credit to the support we had on Friday night - it was unbelievable".

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

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