England will go on to topple All Blacks
England will go on to topple All Blacks, says Eddie Jones following Grand Slam triumph
Ecstatic Eddie Jones vowed it will be a matter of time before England become world beaters after claiming the Grand Slam in his first season in charge.
The Red Rose coach, who took over from Stuart Lancaster in November, watched his side run in three tries against France to claim a first clean sweep for England since 2003.
With a three-Test tour to Australia this summer and more than three years to prepare for the next World Cup, Jones insisted his side will soon be able to match the world-champion All Blacks.
'Can we beat the All Blacks? Of course we can,' said Jones. 'We can't now but we will in the future. Why else would you play Test rugby if you don't think you can beat the All Blacks?
'There's going to be a lot of young guys coming into the squad in the next few years putting a lot of pressure on the guys there at the moment.'
England captain Dylan Hartley was stretchered off on 67 minutes after being knocked unconscious in a collision. He returned to lift the trophy and Jones hailed the 29-year-old's contribution following his controversial appointment before the tournament.
Jones said: 'Dylan is a bit under the weather. He will undergo all the necessary head-injury protocol and I am sure he will be fine to play shortly. He has been a very good captain.
'He has led from the front. He has been ably supported by Billy [Vunipola], Browny [Mike Brown] and Owen [Farrell]. Chris Robshaw and James Haskell have done a fine job supporting him. The collective leadership has been strong and his individual leadership has been outstanding.'
Billy Vunipola was arguably England's standout performer across the championship and the No8 was thrilled after clinching the Grand Slam.
'This means a great deal,' said the 23-year-old. 'We have had a great eight weeks.
'To come out on top and win every game after what happened at the World Cup, which no-one can forget about, it's a great achievement for us.'