Eddie Jones has seen enough potential in his England team to believe they can break the All Blacks’ world dominance of rugby.
Jones gave the All Blacks plenty of problems when he was in charge of the Wallabies and the little Australian clearly feels England can do the same.
Jones has opened his reign at England with solid wins over Scotland and Italy. The stakes rise this weekend when he commands England at Twickenham for the first time, hosting Six Nations champions Ireland.
He says his players are responding to the challenge.
“We know we have got to improve for this game against Ireland and I think there has been a corresponding level in the training that’s lifted over the last two weeks,” Jones said in a Sky Sports report.
“I’ve been very impressed. Every time we have a session I see improvements; I see the players working diligently on their skills; I see the back rowers at the end of training today working on their breakdown skills; the kickers did extra kicking at the end of the session, and they are developing.”
Jones believes England’s potential is enormous.
“I said last night to a sponsors’ group ‘I don’t think the players realise how good they can be’ and I think they are starting to realise it now,” Jones said.
“It’s about giving them the stimulus to make sure they reach their potential. I think English players have probably underachieved for a fair period of time and hopefully over the next three years we will get them to achieve what they should achieve.
“We aim to be the most dominant team in the world and I think we are capable of doing that.”
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