Eddie Jones: 'England will not lose to Ireland'

Billy's older brother Mako has also been named among the replacements for Saturday

"It was the best, to be honest, because of the standard of the opponents we had", he said. There's failure on one side or you can kick on and get better and hit those lofty heights.

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

"I would probably say the Ireland game is more mental than physical because we have never been in this position before, whereby we can push even further on", number eight Vunipola told British media. That is something we want to do to teams - try and take them to a different level and hopefully we can do that.

'They showed it during the game against Australia [in November the week after loss to New Zealand] and they have a fantastic chance this week to demonstrate that from week to week and get something out of the championship. He will not have forgotten the lampooning of himself and Australia's Michael Chieka as clowns by Australian and New Zealand publications a year ago but, more pertinently, he is determined to ensure England develop a harder edge before the 2019 World Cup.

Jones said: "If we were to get beaten - and we won't - is it a failure? This is a great dress rehearsal for us". "They have been averaging 30-odd points a game recently and I didn't think it was possible to keep a top-four-ranked team to single-digit points".


England put a lid on celebrating a second straight Six Nations rugby title, according to coach Eddie Jones.

"I felt we clicked very well as a team. We'll be right ready to go down there and look to get that Grand Slam".

Ireland's defeat to Wales last Friday night ended their hopes of reclaiming their title from England and now Joe Schmidt's side can only stop the English making history at the Aviva Stadium. "We know Ireland are going to be fired up for it and we're hugely motivated to do it".

Marie Louise Reilly is in line to win her second Women's Six Nations Grand Slam after the Summerhill lock forward helped Ireland to a 12-7 win over Wales at Cardiff Arms Park earlier today.

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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