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Oct 01 2017
Eddie Jones has most recently been quoted in an article called Rugby union still faces challenge to make skill match will at every level. Eddie Jones said, “New Zealand have sacrificed winning the junior world championship over a period of time because they don't coach the set-piece. They say individual skills are more important because we can pick up the set-piece when they are 21. So they go into those World Cups under-prepared in scrum and line-out, and when you are less organised you have less chance of winning.”. Eddie Jones has been quoted a grand total of 181 times in 57 articles.
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Sep 22 2017

It's clear that Marcus has got talent. What we don't know is if he's got the desire, work ethic, application and the ability to keep his feet grounded. Because you read the newspapers now and he's the next Jonny Wilkinson. But he hasn't done anything.feedback

Sep 22 2017

If you look at the squad, then he's fifth choice stand-off so he's going to be shining boots and holding bags and that's a great education for him. He's got a lot to work on in his game and what we want to do is educate him so that in whatever period of time, two weeks, five months or two years, he's ready to play Test rugby for England.feedback

Sep 22 2017

As the [former] Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins once said: 'He's hardly kicked a ball.' That's true for Marcus but he's definitely worth looking at and definitely worth bringing forward and seeing how far we can take him.feedback

Sep 22 2017

I was impressed with him in Argentina, with his work ethic, his desire to get better. And he's a handy player because he plays 10 and 12. That versatility really helps him. He kicks goals too.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - World Cup

What I would like to find is someone like a Milner-Skudder, someone who comes out of the blue and gives you something so different in a World Cup year. I reckon now we have 80% of the squad about right but we're looking for the X-factor rookie to come out. There's a place for that sort of player and it could be someone like Marcus Smith. Who knows? I'm sure he's going to be good at shining George Ford's boots. He's an apprentice and he's come to learn about the game, so don't get too excited. You're going to get some fantastic shots of him polishing boots.feedback

Sep 22 2017

This camp in Oxford is a really positive opportunity for the group to come back together and sharpen our focus and preparation ahead of our first match against Argentina [on 11 November]. This is our most important game this year and we want the players to come away from camp having trained well with a clear plan of how we want to play and win against the Pumas.feedback

Sep 13 2017 - World Cup

The 2018 series is incredibly important for England as we build towards the World Cup. We want to win that series 4-0 and we will need to play extremely well to beat four very good teams over a four-week period.feedback

Sep 13 2017 - World Cup

The series will give us a really good indicator of where we are as a squad a year out from the World Cup and gives us a real focus on what we have to do over the next 12 months to be ready for that series and win.feedback

Sep 13 2017 - Japan

Over the next year we need to continue to develop a bulletproof side, that can find ways to win in matches. Our ambition is to be the number one team in the world going into the World Cup in Japan.feedback

Sep 10 2017 - Japan

Your first training base is important as it sets the tone. Miyazaki has a winning feel about it. That comes from being able to prepare well and from being able to train well, eat well and recover well and we can do all those things at Miyazaki. We're looking to use Miyazaki for maybe the first five or six days when we arrive in Japan. There's a very good hotel, the training ground is within walking distance, we can set up a gym and there's enough around for the players to do in the small time they have off.feedback

Sep 10 2017 - Japan

There's a beach down the road. It's a place where you can get a lot of work done. Miyazaki are so keen to have England. They are going to be so hospitable. They will do things to help players engage with the local community, go fishing, go surfing, drink sake or whatever they need to do.feedback

Sep 10 2017 - Japan

We'll definitely have to be ready to play different styles of game because it can be very hot and humid or it can be just absolutely raining cats and dogs. We have to be prepared for the worst-case scenarios. This is going to be different from other World Cups. The other countries that have held World Cups haven't had these wild extremes of weather. There is a possibility of playing a warm-up game shortly after we arrive and we are looking to play similar teams to the ones we face in the pool stage.feedback

Sep 10 2017 - World Cup

The countdown starts here, most definitely. Everything now is more specifically geared – for the staff, not so much the players – towards the World Cup in 2019 so our plan, our strategy, the way we think is geared towards winning the World Cup in 2019.feedback

Sep 10 2017 - Japan

Brighton was great for us [with Japan]. It just made you feel good.feedback

Sep 10 2017 - Japan

For the staff in particular [on the recce] it was a case of understanding Japanese culture. There are certain customs in Japan which are hard to understand for an Anglo-Saxon. You have a conversation and people say yes but the yes doesn't necessarily mean yes – in fact many times it means no. You need to be able to pick up that vibe quickly because if you take that as a yes and it doesn't happen it can lead to frustration and that frustration can cause a breakdown in a relationship. You lose trust in that person and once you lose trust it's hard to get things done.feedback

Sep 06 2017

He's only done it once with me, the same with Denny. Everybody talks about previous records but he's only done it once with me. If he does it again he'll be spending a lot of time in the Midlands.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Japan

I want to coach the perfect game – nobody has ever done that. If you're playing a game of rugby, can you imagine being in total control from the first minute to the last? It could be 3-0, the scoreline is irrelevant, but you have complete control of the game. There was one game for Japan when we played Georgia – we played with nine forwards and six backs and nobody knew it. And we won.feedback

Sep 06 2017

When I said I wanted Dylan Hartley as my captain the RFU got a stack of letters to complain. One headmaster from a public school said they were going to quit rugby in protest. Look, Dylan is a lunatic but he's a nice lunatic.feedback

Sep 06 2017

These things happen, it's a poor choice. I understand they made a poor choice.feedback

Sep 06 2017

Everybody makes bad mistakes, we've all done it. So we'll just assess them at the next period in time. I've already met one of them face to face and if their attitude is right we'll pick them, if not, we won't. Everybody talks about previous records but he's only done it once with me. If he does it again he'll be spending a lot of time in the Midlands.feedback

Aug 04 2017

I am impressed by his dedication. He's had a tough time – the amount of injuries he's had would be enough to knock people away. I know the kid himself is working as hard as he can to get himself back on the field. These things happen, but at the moment everything looks pretty positive so we've just got to pray that this positivity keeps going and he has a period where he is injury-free and can show what he is capable of.feedback

Aug 04 2017

You listen to TV commentators and they all say you have to hang on to the ball and build phases, that's rugby 30 years ago, when I coached the Brumbies. You don't do that these days, it's the first three phases. And that's the ability to find the space, use the ball, keep the ball alive and be accurate in your skill work.feedback

Aug 04 2017

He's like Captain Cook; if Captain Cook didn't find Australia, he wouldn't be a captain. Dylan knows it's not something that's he's anointed at – he's not a Lord or a Sir – it doesn't stick with him for life. It's a role that he plays, and when he plays it well he keeps the job.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - World Cup

Today ends the first two years in the job, we are 21 wins, one loss. The next phase we want to go through undefeated – that is the next challenge. If we do that you go to the World Cup as No 1.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - World Cup

The challenge is to build a bullet-proof team. At the World Cup you can get a team that on one day can be absolutely red hot. Every offload sticks, the referee gives 50-50 decisions, you have got to be good enough to beat these teams and we are not at the moment but we are moving in the right direction.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - World Cup

There is no risk in that. My job is to win the World Cup, not to win the November series 3-0, it is to win the World Cup. If I pick a good enough team we will still win 3-0 in November.feedback

Jun 18 2017

I think the younger players are not hungry enough. They find it too easy. They play in the Under-20s, they become World Cup champions, they get a contract straight away. That doesn't happen in any other country in the world.feedback

Jun 17 2017

He has taken the responsibility of lineout leader, which in the modern game is probably the most taxing role. He's done that exceedingly well with maturity and dedication.feedback

Jun 17 2017

I spoke to all the Home Union coaches prior to departure and explained our thinking and they were all supportive.feedback

Jun 17 2017 - Ford

These are players currently on international duty who we are looking forward to welcoming into the tour party as we did with several players in 2013.feedback

Jun 15 2017

Curry is unlucky, but Sam will suit our style of game. He is a good player, a good defensive player. Reads the game well. Attack-wise the Ospreys used him as a ball runner but I have seen him play a more natural number seven role which we want to see him in where he is not only a good cleaner-out but also a good linkage player. I think his work off the ball has been very good. He did well coming off the bench last week and he gives us a bit of a different look in the midfield.feedback

Jun 15 2017

He is very strong. He is well put together. He has obviously from a very early age decided he wanted to be a seven and he has got the body.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - World Cup

It is great to welcome back Chris Robshaw into the squad. He would have been disappointed to miss the first Test but has worked hard to be ready for this weekend. Robbo has been one of England's best players over the last two years and he will add a lot of experience and work rate into our back row. They have lost ten of their last 12 games so they are going to be desperate. They have got another game and I am sure they are going to come out with enormous physicality. It will be another high quality, high pressure game and that's what we need to keep developing towards the World Cup.feedback

Jun 11 2017

What we always said is we want this tour to make the Lions boys realise they have to push ahead. If you look at the performance of Owen and Mako, they were brilliant on the weekend. We want all our guys on the Lions tour to be performing like that. Competition keeps people hungry. To be the best side in the world you have to be hungry.feedback

Jun 11 2017

That shows you the character of the guy. But his wife wanted him to come – great fellow. He probably thought he wouldn't play for England. It shows you there is not just the one route in rugby. He has been a real revelation.feedback

Jun 11 2017

Young Maunder comes on, has to throw two passes, and throws beautiful passes in crucial periods, when they know if they make a mistake the test is lost. The great thing is to see young guys prepare for the game, then stand up in the moment.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - World Cup

The next Elite Player Squad (EPS) will definitely have a World Cup colour about it. It will definitely be geared more towards the World Cup than previous EPS. Generally speaking I would think the 80 per cent of the squad will come from the next 45-man squad. This next Test is really important for these players. They have to understand that they may only get one game to have the opportunity to show they are good enough to be in contention for the next World Cup.feedback

Jun 10 2017

They all realise the opportunity that they have to be involved in this England side and I'm sure they will show that commitment on Saturday.feedback

Jun 09 2017

Just go into the Twickenham dressing room and there is a lot of one-cappers there.feedback

Jun 09 2017

In his first Test he was terrible. He dropped the first ball, threw two bounce passes and was absolute rubbish. Second Test he came on and played 10 minutes and was a little bit better and then his career blossomed.feedback

Jun 09 2017

I think it's an enormous advantage for us because we get to blood these young players against very good players so we get to see where they are up to. You can go out and play a tier-two country and you can get a false opinion of a player because they are playing against tier-two players. This is the exactly the sort of test we want.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Scottish independence

Glen had his first Test, he played against Scotland at Ballymore in the most hostile circumstances because Roger Gould, who was a Queensland icon, had been left out. Every time Glen got the ball the Australian crowd booed him. He dropped three balls, and he was as equally as brilliant as his brother Mark, but because of that he only played three Tests.feedback

Jun 06 2017

It is more for everybody to take ownership. It is a young group overall and we have got a few senior boys who will say their bit but he wants everyone to stand up and be a leader.feedback

Jun 05 2017

We very much want to have two levels of management, one is the staff, one is the players.feedback

Jun 05 2017

Argentina didn't have a great 2016, they know they are playing an understrength England side so all the pressure is on Argentina and when you are under pressure you can do one of two things. You can become even more adventurous or you can revert back to type. Everyone eats steaks here, everyone wants to bullfight everyone, wants to scrum so it is a matter of where they go. Our preparation has got to be so that we are prepared for either of those.feedback

Jun 05 2017

We have got quite a unique demographic here so there are opportunities for people to jump from being a back-bencher to being Prime Minister.feedback

Jun 01 2017

How many of our locks would get in the All Blacks side? To beat them at the World Cup we are going to have to have five or six players in the world XV and to get in the world XV at the moment you have got to get in the All Blacks side because they are the best team in the world.feedback

Jun 01 2017

The other thing is unity off the field, to bring everybody together. Guys have come back with a Premiership trophy, some with no Premiership trophy and we've put them all together, it has been good fun.feedback

Jun 01 2017

I want the Lions to be shocked. Some of the training we are doing has eclipsed what we did in the Six Nations – the level of training.feedback

Jun 01 2017

Certainly he's got a nice feel for the game and that's the thing that I noticed when he was playing for Sale – he can sniff out a try and he can score a try. He does that at training now – he's scored a couple of cracking tries where he just sees the opportunity and makes the right decision. He's got enough gas to turn that opportunity into points and that's the beauty of him.feedback

May 27 2017

You never know how players are going to come back from the Lions tour.feedback

May 27 2017

That is the challenge for these guys – it is no use these guys getting even, they have got to push ahead and that is the opportunity.feedback

May 27 2017

I have seen enough and talked to enough players who have played with him or against him to know he is worth putting some time into.feedback

May 27 2017

By the end of the tour I want him ahead of Dan Cole so Coley looks and says goodness me if I want to continue in the England team I have got to keep improving.feedback

May 25 2017

He is playing a strong leadership role when we have got our best players available – it is just in a different way. I don't think he is the best bloke at being at the front of the bus but he is a very good bloke at being in the middle part of the bus ensuring the front of the bus works with the back of the bus and those leaders are super-important.feedback

May 25 2017

While we have some really experienced players starting the game there is a great opportunity for some of the younger players to show what they are about against a Barbarians team full of quality international players. We will be treating this game as a Test match and expecting the Barbarians to start the game quickly. This match will be crucial preparation ahead of our two-Test series against Argentina next month.feedback

May 25 2017 - Ford

I've decided to have co-captains this weekend with Chris Robshaw and George Ford. We need the responsibility of leadership shared. Chris will look after the forwards and defence while George will look after the backs and attack. It splits the responsibility nicely and with so many younger players there we need co-captains rather than just one guy responsible for everything.feedback

May 23 2017

How George was being asked to play for Bath doesn't really suit how he plays and therefore it restricted his development. As long as I see effort from players, that is what matters and there was plenty of effort from George.feedback

May 23 2017 - Ford

I'm looking to try to develop that all the time really. As a 10, you're more an on-field leader but I suppose especially last week and this week there's some more off-field stuff that I've tried to develop and take upon myself a little bit more.feedback

May 21 2017

It is bad luck because he did really well in a couple of training sessions I saw him in. He's a nice boy, he has the potential to be a good player for us but these things happen.feedback

May 21 2017

He has always been a good player and I have always felt if we needed another senior half-back we would have a look at him. Nothing has changed there. I know you guys are making a big deal about him making himself available but I just thought it was a normal thing when you are English and play club rugby that you want to play for England. That is how I have always viewed it. Someone asked me last week how many have knocked me back and it's only one player. I won't name him but you can work it out for yourself. He is playing in France.feedback

May 21 2017

He has a mid-foot strain. He is going to see a specialist tomorrow so we will know definitely where he's up to. We are not hopeful. We believe it will be pretty doubtful he goes on tour. Who replaces him? We have Jonny May, Nathan Earle. We have the fox back in the squad, Marland [Yarde] and Mike Haley. So when we get a final decision on Denny we will decide who is replacing him depending on what happens in other positions.feedback

May 18 2017 - World Cup

We might get to the World Cup in 2019, have a final and need to find a fifth-choice No9. Now I know who the fifth-choice No9 potentially is.feedback

May 17 2017

I came home and re-evaluated everything, my professionalism, nutrition, my set-piece stuff, my fitness and my body language. I sat down and told myself I was at the point where I was not a young kid any more, that I was 23 going on 24 and there were guys with however many caps and I was still on zero. I made the decision to get my head down even more and I was lucky enough to get my first cap in November, be involved in the Six Nations and to be sat with you guys here now. I have got to keep it up – and become a bit smarter.feedback

May 13 2017 - World Cup

I'm prepared to gamble with a number of players to see what they've got and where they can go. I've probably got 15 to 18 players I'd say would almost be certain come selection for the World Cup and, because of the Lions tour, we've got a great opportunity to test even more players on this tour. If they're not good enough, they're possibly not good enough to play in the World Cup.feedback

May 13 2017

We need some more size in the backs, that's one thing I'm convinced of.feedback

May 12 2017

There's no reason he can't carry on to 2019. It depends how hungry he is: whether he keeps on being the butcher of Rotorua or becomes the Squire of Northampton. Initially it was a two-year plan. After that it was going to come down to whether he's improving as a player and as a captain. He was measurably better during the Six Nations than he was in November. His captaincy has gone up to another level. The preparation he's doing for Argentina would suggest he's going in the right direction.feedback

May 11 2017 - Japan

You could see upsets if teams do not take notice of the difference and adapt.feedback

May 11 2017 - Japan

They love the Kiwis here, so the Kiwis will get everything – five star. So we have to aim to get four star. We'll get more support, definitely, from the Japanese because of my association. That will help during the games without a doubt. Just the way we behave and the way we act around the place will be important, too, because Japanese can be very helpful or very unhelpful. There are two sides to it.feedback

May 11 2017 - Japan

You have to look at the country's history. Look at what happened in World War Two and now they're the third biggest economy in the world. That's unbelievable industrialism. They get things done.feedback

May 11 2017 - Japan

Everything's going to be different. You can't expect it to be the same as a western tournament. I'm married to a Japanese woman. My wife is never organised but she always gets things done and that's how it is. It seems chaotic and all of a sudden everything happens and it works.feedback

May 11 2017 - Japan

There will be two different types of weather. It gets so humid and wet here in late September. It's almost impossible to hang on to the ball. In October the weather's beautiful – warm, dry, 22C – so the game will change. I suspect the early part of the tournament will be stop-start and kicking-orientated. The rest of the tournament will be about scoring in many different ways. I can guarantee you we'll be prepared. There's sports science ways of preparing and psychological ways. You need to make sure your players have endured it before so they're ready for it. Your body feels different.feedback

May 11 2017 - Japan

It needs you to be self-sufficient here, so that we don't need to rely on the organising committee. We've got places where we can go that we know they'll look after us. We looked at a potential camp in Tokyo on Tuesday courtesy of the BOA, who we're trying to dovetail with.feedback

May 10 2017 - World Cup

It will keep us on our toes. No one wants to get ahead of themselves but you need to be right for the knockout stages. In a World Cup, generally the most crucial game is the quarter-final because you are usually playing a team you should beat. And you've got to be at your best for that game. How do you expect to win a World Cup if you can't beat Wales in the quarter-final, even though they are a good team.feedback

May 10 2017

The defeat in Dublin showed that we're not bullet-proof. The more games you go through undefeated [England won 18 in succession] you do get that perception of being bullet-proof. The thing I've always struggled with in English rugby is complacency. If there is any way our team can be complacent now [because of draw] then we have got the wrong people.feedback

May 10 2017

We've got to find ways to become bullet-proof and we've got two years to do it. I don't want to be bullet-proof now. Even James Bond is not bullet-proof for the whole movie. There are times when he is susceptible. You need to peak at the right time. It's not a 'group of death', no one is going to die. I've got about 15-18 almost certain starters in my mind. Now we have to find that 40 per cent of depth and the tour to Argentina is a great opportunity for that.feedback

May 10 2017

I'm pleased for him as one of my jobs is to improve England coaches and I have always said that they should get overseas experience. I'll replace him in due course.feedback

May 10 2017 - World Cup

You've got to be bullet-proof by the time you get to the tournament, good enough to win those games or you can't expect to win a World Cup. We've got to be able to be good enough to cope with the draw.feedback

May 10 2017

It's me that needs to visit the temples, isn't it, and pray really hard.feedback

May 10 2017 - World Cup

I'm going to visit the temples because I need to pray. I need to pray really hard.feedback

May 10 2017 - Japan

Who's calling it the group of death? No one's going to die. It's simple … you have to prepare well and play good teams, and that's what we're going to do against France and Argentina. We've played France consistently, and we have two Tests coming up against the Argentinians. So here we go.feedback

May 10 2017 - Japan

You can look in two ways – it's a difficult pool or it's a great pool – but you've just go to get through it. My experience in World Cups is that to have two tough games is the best preparation to go through. We want to win the World Cup – we've said that from the very start, and this pool gives us the incentive to keep on getting better. It's exciting, and there's no greater rivalry in rugby than England against France.feedback

May 10 2017 - Japan

It's going to be a challenge to be in Japan for teams that haven't been here before.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - World Cup

We have focused particularly on youth because we want to find players who are going to be better than the 16 players going on the Lions tour. To win the World Cup we need to have the best talent; that is our ultimate destiny.feedback

Apr 20 2017

If they're not keen to tour they won't play for England again, it's as simple as that. There is no reason why other players can't come back into it but they've got to be desperate to improve. I always saw 2017 as an opportunity to build the depth of our squad. This is the ideal opportunity to bring young guys through. The talent there is just so exciting – good young athletes, desperate to play for England, willing to die for their club, obsessed by being great. If players aren't like that they won't play for England.feedback

Apr 20 2017

He's a brilliant player but he just doesn't fit our needs at the moment.feedback

Apr 20 2017

What I want these young guys to do is not wait for the senior players to ask them to do things. I want them to be the new energy in the team. The only thing the senior players should ask of them is to tone it down and find them a steak restaurant at night.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Ford

The Pumas are a physically aggressive side and they have become very good at playing unstructured rugby; we need to make sure we control the structural part of the game and our defence will play an absolutely crucial role. Dylan Hartley will lead the side again having captained the team excellently during the Six Nations and will be supported by vice-captains Mike Brown, Danny Care and George Ford.feedback

Apr 20 2017

We have picked the best squad we have available and we are looking forward to going to Argentina and winning 2-0. The squad have a great opportunity to represent their country and win for England. There are a few new faces in the set-up so every training session and team meeting will count.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Too many centres have come up through the age groups where size has been everything.feedback

Mar 22 2017

I would take those four captains and make that the leadership group.feedback

Mar 20 2017

New Zealand are there for the taking. You have got to play well against them, be smart against them, but with the sort of personnel the Lions could field against them, they could be the sort of team to do that. But you have got to win that first Test. If you don't, you are out of the series.feedback

Mar 20 2017

You can always be caught on the day by a side when everything goes right for them. That is what happened with Ireland. They played beautifully, great game plan, executed well. The conditions were almost perfect [for them], the next day the sun came out. Everything was in place and they were too good. We had 43 per cent possession and 45 per cent quality line-out ball. That's the end of the game.feedback

Mar 20 2017

The great thing for us is that we have won back-to-back Six Nations but no one has ever won three in a row. So we are still in a position where we could create a record in the Six Nations. It defines something no one has ever done. Next year is going to be even tougher than this was, and it was tough for us.feedback

Mar 20 2017

I don't think I gave the team the right environment to prepare well, the absolute right mindset. I'll have to improve that for the future. But I think back-to-back titles is a fine achievement. We have improved the depth of our squad and, if by the end of 2017 we have improved that depth even more, then I will look back on 2017 as a successful year.feedback

Mar 20 2017

Dylan does a super job for us and there is no reason why he won't continue to do a super job. It is like when Mike Brearley captained the England cricket team. Everyone questioned him, then he won the Ashes [in 1981] and no one questioned him. Dylan is an outstanding captain.feedback

Mar 20 2017

That was the great experience for us on Saturday. I am massively disappointed we lost but as for a learning experience, it was great. It was a winner-takes-all game, it was everything on the table and you had to put your best on the table. So to lose the Grand Slam game when we have already got the trophy is hardly a scar. It is a learning experience.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - World Cup

One game doesn't affect our perception of people or of the team. One game doesn't change our plan [for the 2019 Rugby World Cup]. It is too early [for older players to be discarded]. Did you think we would never get defeated? There is no scar there at all. It is great for us, not great to lose, but it is a great learning experience. These sort of things harden you because you learn from them and don't want them to happen again. As I said to the boys, in a World Cup final you either get a gold medal or a silver medal, and a silver medal doesn't look too flash. A gold medal does.feedback

Mar 20 2017

I thought he was better than he was in November – and there's no reason why, the next time he comes in, he can't be better than he was this time. As long as he keeps improving, he's in the right direction, like every other player.feedback

Mar 20 2017

It's not great to lose but it's a great learning experience. There's no scar there at all. Those sorts of things harden you because you learn from them and you don't want them to happen again.feedback

Mar 20 2017

Dylan is an outstanding captain. I'm not discussing Lions selection but he is an outstanding captain for us and does a super job. There's no reason why he won't continue to do a super job. It's like when Mike Brearley captained the England cricket team; everyone questioned him, then he won the Ashes and no one questioned him.feedback

Mar 20 2017

No one's ever won three [Six Nations] in a row. To win grand slams you've got to be at your best five games in a row. There's a cycle to performance and it's hard to put together more than three games. Look at Word Cup games – the teams that win World Cups always have a performance that is slightly off.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - World Cup

You guys know the history of rugby. You know what the All Blacks had to go through to win the World Cup in 2011. They lost the semi-final against us in 2003 in Australia, they lost the quarter-final in 2007. They got to the final in 2011 and they had to have a very kind referee to get them home. That's how hard it is for them to win. So to lose the grand slam game when we've already got the trophy is hardly a scar, it's a learning experience.feedback

Mar 20 2017

It was a tough tournament, much tougher than last year. Generally the standard of the competition has been much better. There's a real hardness to it and an ability to score more tries this year than I saw last year.feedback

Mar 19 2017

It's been a great learning experience for him (Itoje). To have him (George Kruis) not in the side is difficult for us. So Maro's now come through and he's the guy that we can call on to call the line-outs.feedback

Mar 19 2017

In the first half we couldn't get our hands on the ball and when we did we gave it back to them. The players handled it really well – they were just too good for us, it happens sometimes.feedback

Mar 19 2017

We are Six Nations champions, back-to-back, which is a fantastic achievement. We're joint world record holders, but we weren't good enough [against Ireland]. And we have to accept we weren't good enough. Next time we get together as the full squad will be in November and we'll look to right what happened.feedback

Mar 19 2017

If that much mooted game comes across we are very keen to play them and will be raring to go. There is a lot of discussions to go. You've got discussions with New Zealand. You've got discussions with the England rugby community to go, so there's still a fair bit of work to go. If the opportunity comes up, we'll be raring to go. I would be disappointed if we didn't have that many in the squad. I think they have a massive shout and, as Ireland showed, they are there for the taking – and we can't wait to play them either.feedback

Mar 18 2017

I expect at least 15 of our guys to go on tour with the Lions and will be disappointed if we do not get that many in. The Lions have a massive shout, as Ireland showed [in November]. We can't wait to play New Zealand and I am very keen on a match this year. I have had a discussion with Ian [Ritchie, the Rugby Football Union chief executive] and if the opportunity comes, we will be raring to go. Discussions are being held with New Zealand and in England and there is a way to go.feedback

Mar 18 2017

We will have more setbacks before the World Cup. Not many teams have a 90% record, but we have a pretty good average: Don Bradman had a zero in his final Test. We will fight another day – it is not the end of the world even if we are gutted.feedback

Mar 18 2017

I thought we were going to get out of it in the second half. We developed some momentum, but then gave away a penalty which Ireland kicked and it became too big for us. You have these days and this was a tough Six Nations, harder than last year. Teams were at us and I expect it to be more difficult again next year. We have been chuffed with the results we have had, but the reality is we still have a lot to do.feedback

Mar 18 2017

I told the players to be proud of themselves, champions and world record holders. We were just not good enough today. When we get together again in November we have to right what happened here. We are all human and that is why records finish on 18 games: you get a team that performs above themselves and uses the conditions superbly and we were below ourselves.feedback

Mar 16 2017

We have been very happy with Nathan but Billy has to get back on the horse and the horse has to be strong enough to carry him. Billy has got a wonderful character. He is one of those guys who doesn't say a lot but when he does, it means a lot to the team. He not only has a physical presence but he brings those laid-back but thoughtful observations to the team. He has a wonderful eye for observation and is able to see things clearly. He will add a lot to the team.feedback

Mar 16 2017

We've had a really good week's preparation. The intensity of training has been good. It's going to be quite an occasion in Dublin so we understand we have to be prepared emotionally, physically and mentally. The mood in camp has been positive. We're very excited ahead of what is a huge opportunity for the players. You sense the intensity has stepped up - it definitely has in training.feedback

Mar 16 2017

I've got no view on that, I'm not an administrator. I haven't negotiated contracts, all I'm worried about is Ireland.feedback

Mar 16 2017

The guy I think again that should get a lot of credit for the team's success is Stuart Lancaster. He was the guy that brought this team through, went through some hard yards with them, most of the players are still the same.feedback

Mar 16 2017

It's going to take a lot of work to get a team good enough to win a World Cup because we're not good enough at the moment. If the All Blacks want to turn up to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday and want to play us after Ireland, then we'll consider it. We want to be the No1 team in the world. When we get the opportunity to play them, we'll play them.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Scottish independence

Ireland not having anything to play for means they have the courage to fail which frees them up mentally. We are a little bit vulnerable because we have already been crowned the Six Nations champions and we had a big win against Scotland, so for us it's getting the right mind-set for the game.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - World Cup

For us everything's about the World Cup. If you look at where we are now, we've been together approximately eight weeks. You're together eight or nine weeks to get to a World Cup final. When you get to the World Cup final, no one's 100%. Everyone's carrying injuries.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

Ireland will come with a lot of emotion. Disappointment builds aggression. We've seen how Wales came back after losing to Scotland so we expect Ireland to be like that. We have to be more aggressive, more emotional in the right way, more committed as well as smart and skilful.feedback

Mar 13 2017

It's a bit like Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf when the wolf comes dressed up as the grandmother. When an All Black coach is complimenting you, you always have to be careful. 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. How many opportunities in your life do you get to beat Ireland in Ireland to win back-to-back grand slams? It's almost a childhood dream as a rugby player.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - World Cup

It's the team that prepares with the mind-set that nothing's going to stop them being at their best that wins the World Cup. You want to develop a winning mentality. It's a great dress rehearsal for us for the World Cup. All these milestones along the way are nice but they're not things that we cherish. It's what we do in the future that matters.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

We just felt we needed to reset our minds a little bit. You can feel within the team there's a different intensity about the way we do things. I thought we were always going to play well against Scotland – and I think we'll play better this week.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Our desire is to be the best team in the world so we don't need any external motivation. We don't talk about the Lions. All we're worried about is playing well this week. The players realise they have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here. History shows that winning back-to-back grand slams happens once in every 27 years. None of these players is going to be playing in 27 years' time.feedback

Mar 13 2017

We don't have to worry about [New Zealand] because we are not playing them. All we have to do is worry about playing against Ireland.feedback

Mar 12 2017

There's been a real shift in the team.feedback

Mar 11 2017

Ireland will be in a psychologically strong position. They are out of the tournament and they love spoiling parties, especially England's. We are in a vulnerable state as champions and will have to work hard top get ourselves right The players have the opportunity to achieve greatness and they are in the changing room talking about it; they want to do it.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Scottish independence

Ireland is a fantastic opportunity for the players to achieve what has never been done. The win over Scotland has put us in a good position, but it is all about what we do next. We were ruthless today and there were great lessons for us as we strive to become the No1 team in the world. There has been an attitude shift in the team. It was not that it was bad before, but we are embracing what is ahead of us and want to take things to a new level. All credit to Scotland for sticking in, but we were good in the set pieces and the breakdown and executed some lovely plays.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Ford

Some of the space created by George Ford and Owen Farrell for JJ was outstanding. Scotland did not defend well, but having passers at 10 and 12 helps and they have a great mentor in Jonny Wilkinson. We will enjoy the win tonight, but after that it will all be about Ireland.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Scottish independence

He could be in doubt, mate. Could be in doubt. He has got a bad leg so he couldn't finish training. I think he ran into my dog. He'll be all right. Possibly.feedback

Mar 09 2017

All we've got to do is play well on Saturday, that's all we've got to worry about.feedback

Feb 26 2017

If your halfback can't pass the ball, there's something wrong with the game. If the 10 can't see the ball, how do you play rugby. We lost the ruck from the game and it ceases to become rugby so if you paid for your ticket, ask for your money back. I can't answer questions on rugby because there wasn't any today. We probably got flustered a bit by their tactics, which is normal. Yeah, good question, I got it wrong, I'm just a silly coach. He was outstanding, every time we tried to pass the ball he was there.feedback

Mar 13 2016

We've made sure the players are responsible, we play in a style that suits our resources and the players enjoy themselves.feedback

Mar 13 2016

If you were picking a Six Nations team now, he would definitely get in a best 15 at number six.feedback

Mar 13 2016

It would have been easy for him to go back to Harlequins and ply his trade there and have a nice easy life but he really wanted to continue playing for England.feedback

Mar 02 2016 - Scottish independence

Scotland defend a certain way. They go hard on the inside and soft on the outside, which creates opportunities.feedback

Sep 22 2015

You know people still think it was a fluke we beat South Africa so this is a great chance to show that it wasn't and that we can really front up as a serious rugby nation. You know, as Scotland is coming into it in a perfect preparation. They've probably had two and a half weeks since their last game, they'll come in absolutely 100 percent.feedback

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