Eddie Jones says his England players can turn their form around

Eddie Jones says his England players can turn their form around

World Rugby have confirmed that Ireland have climbed to second in the latest World Rankings.

Six years on he has a British and Irish Lions cap, helped Ireland claim a maiden win over New Zealand - and now has the chance to drive Joe Schmidt's men to a first Grand Slam since 2009.

Johnny Sexton had to wait until November of that year to make his Test debut, but the Leinster fly-half was already providing stiff competition for Ronan O'Gara, whose epic drop-goal against Wales he so dramatically emulated in the win at the Stade de France in February.

Jones has also said England is struggling at the breakdown because there is a difference in attitudes to the tackle area in global rugby and in England's domestic's Premiership, in which fewer numbers are committed to the ruck.

"Winning the championship is fantastic but if we were to lose next week I think it would take away somewhat from what we have achieved so far", added the 19-times capped global. The pair will undergo scans on Monday to ascertain the severity of their injuries.

"We have a lot of things to do ourselves, training -wise, recovery, and whatever else comes with it is something we can't focus on, got to put aside". Our players are used to playing a certain way and we're finding it hard to change their habits. "But good as we've been, it won't be good enough against England".

"Yes, it can be hard, but good teams learn to adapt quickly".

"We've got better in every game in this championship".

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Although the head coach said immediately after that match that his team were "three or four years behind Ireland", he later explained he was referring to the length of time the new Six Nations champions have been together as a team, not to how long he expects it will take for Scotland to catch them up.

". The Irish kept their nerve, worked their way down the field through 40-odd phases and won with the last play of the game".

"We're not in any cycle".

"Totally different", he said when asked if he saw similarities between the two games. One's by a hair's breadth against France and in the other one we were outplayed. "I don't think it's a technical problem". If you think this is abnormal, I think that thinking is abnormal. He needs to run a bit faster tomorrow. We win together, we lose together.

"You just need to use your opportunities".

"[Ireland captain] Rory Best has said that we have got to dig deeper than ever against England and that's a brilliant attitude", said Ward. "We're all disappointed, we're all gutted".

World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward said Eddie Jones's "honeymoon" was over after a 22-16 defeat by France in Paris on Saturday ended England's bid for a third successive Six Nations title under the Australian.