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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.

For a second consecutive year the crown was secured with a round to spare after Scotland were demolished 61-21 at Twickenham, completing a record-equalling 18th straight victory in the process.

"It was the best, to be honest, because of the standard of the opponents we had", he said.

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. The more exact preparation and knowledge of what exactly Ireland are likely to do, the more knowledge we have of what we've got to do.

"We want that record". "He understands the game and I think we can get the ball to the space pretty well".

"We will prepare as well as we can this week to give ourselves the best shot to do that".

"We're not going to get too carried away on this victory".

"We don't want to take a loss to wake up, work hard and have to get back to this position".

"It's a great opportunity for us".

Centre Jonathan Joseph, who scored his second Six Nations hat-trick against Scotland, believes the current vintage will not buckle under the pressure.

"They were favourites, they haven't won the Six Nations and they'll be carrying the expectation of their country to do well". Also in the beaten squad that day were James Haskell, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Ben Youngs and Tom Wood, which should ensure England are well aware of the dangers they face in Dublin.

"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". "We know Ireland are going to be fired up for it and we're hugely motivated to do it".

England are monitoring the fitness of winger Elliot Daly ahead of final game of the campaign.


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