I want us to be the best in the World
Head Coach Eddie Jones says he will not be satisfied until England are the best team in the World and winning a Grand Slam on Saturday will be a step closer to that goal.
England were crowned RBS 6 Nations champions on Sunday following Scotland’s win over France but Jones only sees it as a stepping stone towards their ultimate goal.
“I can’t say I’m satisfied really, I’ll be satisfied with England when they become the number one team in the world," said Jones. "That’s the whole aim in coming here.
“It’s a nice little step for us it’s nice to get a trophy but we’ve got bigger fish to fry and one of those is the Grand Slam on Saturday.”
England will face France in Paris on Saturday in the final round of the RBS 6 Nations chasing their first Grand Slam since 2003.
Jones continued: “We’ve got to be really right for the game, we’ve got to absolutely crush them with our intensity and that’s what we’re going to make sure we have this week.
“They’re going to have isolated moments of brilliance.”
England have finished second in the RBS 6 Nations for the past four years and were denied the chance to claim a Grand Slam during that time, but Jones believes the squad are in a better place this time around.
“I went around and talked to a couple of the players who had experienced those Grand Slam opportunities and asked if there was anything we could learn from them," he said.
“The underlying thought was you can never underestimate an opposition team in Test match rugby.”
England flanker James Haskell has started all four games in the tournament and Jones hailed the defensive work rate of the 30 year-old Wasps forward.
“Haskell’s been criticised left, right and centre and he probably enjoys the criticism," said Jones. "He’s been outstanding in defence, he really hits people and he’s going to have a big job on Saturday.”
“My satisfaction comes from seeing the players happy and I am really pleased they’ve managed to turn this around. It’s always been said they are full of talent and they are using that talent now.”