Six Nations: Victorious Eddie Jones fully aware of Ireland's threat

Vern Cotter

England refused to celebrate their successful RBS 6 Nations title defence on Saturday after Eddie Jones declared the Grand Slam as the real prize.

It seems unlikely given he was speaking after his side's 61-21 success over Scotland, a record-equalling 18th consecutive Test win that saw them win the Six Nations again, but his famous mind-games are clearly underway already.

I'm a child of the 1990s and if you are going to say something rude you stick two fingers up and not one.

Billy Vunipola accepts England have "come a long way" following their miserable 2015 World Cup campaign but are determined not to rest on their laurels when they seek fresh Grand Slam glory against Ireland. "All we have to do is worry about playing against Ireland".

"We want that record". We want to get better and win games and that comes as part and parcel with it. We're building up to a World Cup and this is like a World Cup final - victor takes all.

"We have got to be more aggressive, more emotional in the right way, more committed, as well as smart and skilful".

"If we were to get beaten - and we won't - is it a failure?" France have conceded six, while both England and Ireland have conceded seven.

"It's a great opportunity for us".

"We expect Ireland to be like that". "It's very humbling to get them cheering me like that, although I believe it was more for Nathan Hughes coming off because he had a stormer", he added modestly.

"They were favourites, they haven't won the Six Nations and they'll be carrying the expectation of their country to do well". We are hugely excited about the challenge of going over to Dublin, and trying to go and create some history and memories with each other.

"If you win 19 games on the trot, you are pushing it".

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

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.



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