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Jones expecting more setbacks

2017-03-19 09:14:01, Views: 104, ClubCall

Jones expecting more setbacks

England boss Eddie Jones says his side will "have more setbacks" ahead of the 2019 World Cup following their 13-9 defeat to Ireland.

The Red Rose were denied back-to-back Grand Slams for the first time in Six Nations history on Saturday, as they were edged out in what was a tough battle at the Aviva Stadium.

That defeat also sees England fall just short of the world record for consecutive Test wins, having equaled New Zealand's tally of 18 in their victory over Scotland at Twickenham last week.

Jones' side still got their hands on the Six Nations trophy in Dublin and the Australian tactician is fully aware there will be further bumps in the road as they build towards to the World Cup in 2019.

He said: "It would have been great to be Grand Slam champions and world record holders but it wasn't our day.

"To win the World Cup you've got to win seven in a row, you've got to cope with that pressure. How many teams average a 90% win rate? Not many, only the All Blacks."

Jones added: "We're all human beings, we're not perfect, and that's why world records finish at 18 games because it's hard to keep [winning]."


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