England can achieve greatness after Six Nations title win, says Eddie Jones

England focused on Ireland already – Eddie Jones

England can “achieve greatness” by completing a second straight Grand Slam against Ireland next weekend and breaking New Zealand’s record of 18 consecutive wins, says Eddie Jones.

England thrashed Scotland 61-21 at Twickenham on Saturday to retain the Six Nations and coach Jones says his players want more success.

“How many times in your life do you get to be great? It’s exciting,” he said.

“They’re in the dressing room now talking about it. They want to do it.”

New Zealand’s record run of 18 consecutive victories was ended by Ireland in Chicago just last autumn, and Jones believes that Joe Schmidt’s side will prove tough opposition in Dublin next Saturday.

France were the last team to win back-to-back Grand Slams in 1998, with England achieving the feat in 1992 – both before Italy joined the tournament and the number of nations increased from five to six.

“We’ve got a fantastic opportunity,” said Jones. “It would mean for the players they’ve achieved greatness.

“Our focus is purely on Ireland – back-to-back Grand Slams has never been done in the history of the Six Nations.

“Ireland, psychologically, are in a very strong position,” he added. “They’re beaten, they’re out of the tournament and they love spoiling parties.

“And the party they’d love to spoil the most is the England party.”

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