England coach Eddie Jones has moved to end any complacency among his players before their clash with Ireland in Dublin.
England coach Eddie Jones has moved to end any complacency among his players before their clash with Ireland in Dublin. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Jones admits England still has a way to go

His team may be on the verge of creating history, but England coach Eddie Jones has given his players a reality check - telling them they are not yet good enough to win the World Cup.

If England beats Ireland in Dublin early on Sunday morning (AEST), it will secure back-to-back Six Nations grand slams and eclipse New Zealand's world record of 18 consecutive victories.

As far as Jones is concerned, however, improvements still need to be made.

"It's going to take a lot of work to get a team good enough to win a World Cup because we're not good enough at the moment," he said.

"We don't have the density that we need to win a World Cup in terms of leaders. Having said that, we've progressed a long way in the 14 months we've been together.

"We've gone from a team that had one or two self-reliant players to maybe three or four, going up to five or six, so we're getting there."

Quizzed about the Rugby Football Union's plan to organise a match between England and the All Blacks in November, Jones played a straight bat.

"I've got no view on that. I'm not an administrator. I haven't negotiated contracts - all I'm worried about is Ireland," he said.

"If the All Blacks want to turn up to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday and want to play us after Ireland, then we'll consider it.

"We want to be the No.1 team in the world. When we get the opportunity to play them, we'll play them."

Having thumped Scotland by 40 points last weekend, England has been further boosted by the return of Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson to the starting line-up.

Ireland, in contrast, will have to cover the absence of influential scrum-half Conor Murray after his failure to pass a fitness test.

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