Six Nations: Victorious Eddie Jones fully aware of Ireland's threat

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"It is all ahead of us", Jones said.

England head to Dublin having wrapped up the Six Nations title with a round to spare for the second year in a row and knowing they are just 80 minutes away from completing the rare feat of back-to-back Grand Slams. "To have this experience is only positive for us".

"I would probably say the Ireland game is more mental than physical because we have never been in this position before, whereby we can push even further on".

On an afternoon where fans basked in the glory of an England side delivering a highlight reel performance, they were also treated to a veritable love-in from Hartley and Joseph.

"Next week is about the grand slam and we are going to focus very closely on that".

"We have been together now for eight weeks, the same as you are together to get to a World cup final", said Jones.

"What we said - and we had a great discussion - is that we have to acknowledge we've been successful and it's now about how much we want to be great".

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But I do think when people look back through that [display against Wales], they will see some really strong elements of performance and that includes both sides of the ball.

"It's a big occasion next week".

'I know there was a lot of talk about next weekend and I knew we were capable of getting ourselves to that place [to be still in the title hunt], so it's incredibly disappointing we are not there'.

It is a stark contrast to that famous night nearly 30 years ago when post-match refuelling meant something very different as players from both sides hit the town in Edinburgh and ended up in hot water after manhandling the famous old silver trophy the length of a drunken Princes Street pub crawl. "You don't get a chance to win a Grand Slam back to back too many times but experience helps", he said.

"Every year is hard".

"They were favourites but they haven't won the Six Nations and they'll be carrying the expectation of their country to do well". "There is failure on the one side or we can kick on, get better and hit those lofty heights that he [Jones] is talking about".

"If you win 19 games on the trot, you are pushing it".

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