Eddie Jones plays down England's record-equalling streak
England head coach Eddie Jones says he is approaching this weekend's Grand Slam decider in Dublin as if it was a World Cup final.
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.
Instead, defeats to Scotland and Wales mean Ireland are playing for places while Jones' men have retained their title and are targeting a Grand Slam this weekend.
Jones also noted that the crucial match with Ireland is more significant for his side's Six Nations Grand Slam aspirations, rather than setting a new record. That is something we want to do to teams - try and take them to a different level and hopefully we can do that. "I think Eddie and his coaching staff have pushed us massively to a goal at which everyone would have laughed at the end of the World Cup, but now it's realistic".
"We didn't celebrate. We haven't got anything to celebrate yet".
"If we were to get beaten - and we won't - is it a failure? This is a great dress rehearsal for us". France have conceded six, while both England and Ireland have conceded seven.
'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.
"I was throwing a punch in the air and people are talking about that rather than an incredible defensive performance where Ireland were kept try-less for the first time for four years".
"This is great for us".
"It is 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 that they are going to bring".
England are monitoring the fitness of winger Elliot Daly ahead of final game of the campaign. You have to be around your best for five games in a row. He will continue his graduated return-to-play protocol following possible concussion.