Eddie Jones has stated that no one in the Six Nations title competition should fear England and that his team is in charge of their own fate.
The victory against Wales on Saturday maintains them in contention for the title, and while they have tougher tests against Ireland and France, Jones confirmed Manu Tuilagi might return for both games and believes his team is still capable of capturing the trophy.
England is in third place in the league, one point behind Ireland and four points behind France, the red-hot favourites for the trophy after thrashing Scotland on Saturday to keep their perfect record intact.
Eddie Jones Commented:
“There are three teams that can win it now and we are one of those three teams so we’ve got a lot more belief than the three teams that can’t win it,”
“We’re in a good position. We’re in charge of our own destiny. We’ve just got to keep playing better, keep improving every game. We don’t fear anyone. We don’t care what other people think. All we care about is what we think and we know we’re a good young squad and a team that’s developing.”
“All in all we’re in a really good position and we’re looking forward to playing a semi-final against Ireland. We’ve started off the Six Nations with a narrow loss to Scotland, we were probably the most dominant team, an emphatic win against Italy and a good tough win against the Six Nations champions. So we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
Next week, England will hold a training camp in Bristol before ramping up preparations for Ireland’s visit.
Tuilagi is out, and Luke Cowan-Dickie suffered a knee injury against Wales that may keep him out for the rest of the competition. After being withdrawn from Saturday’s game with a head injury, Tom Curry will have to go through the graduated return to play protocols.
Jones Comment on Tuilagis injury:
“I am not even thinking about it at the moment,
Injuries have their own life. We will just wait and see. When we pick the squad for Bristol, he’s obviously not going to be available for that. Then I will pick a new squad for Ireland and I will see whether he is available or not. If he is available and he’s fit we will pick him and if he’s not then we will move on.”