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Eddie Jones says his England players can turn their form around

13 March 2018

They face England at Twickenham next week, where they could wrap up the Grand Slam.

"It's not a clubs problem, it's our problem". It's the flip of what happened past year (against England in Dublin) and we know what England's motivation is going to be. "I can't blame the Premiership", Jones said.

"We've got to learn, we've got to improve". Our players are used to playing a certain way and we're finding it hard to change their habits.

Fellow forward James Haskell, who made his first England appearance in a year, said winning was enough of a reward in itself not to worry about who it comes against. "I said at the start of the tournament they're a good team and they've proved that - they're worthy champions of the Six Nations".

"It's a sizeable but fixable problem".

Hartley sat out England's game against France on Saturday due to a tight calf as Jones's men slumped to a limp 22-16 defeat that resulted in Ireland being crowned Six Nations champions with a game to spare.

"We're not in any cycle".

"We know what we want - we want to win this game".

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France had little to offer other than thunderous defence, yet England lacked the intelligence, discipline and physicality to overcome their limited hosts.

"The boot is just a precaution. If you look at the video, instead of going over the top, if he went to Stuart Hogg, I think it was curtains there". We haven't fixed our defensive foibles. We're finding out all the issues that we need to fix before the World Cup.

"Every game is different, every game we've learned something about ourselves; we've addressed it in the meeting room, we've ironed it out in training, and it's got better", he said.

O'Driscoll said taking on England at Twickenham was just the test of mettle they required.

"Particular attention has been paid to Jacob Stockdale on the wing and his defensive reads and that's probably an area he needs to get a bit better at but I wouldn't have too many causes for concern this weekend". "We're all disappointed, we're all gutted".

"England don't seem to have a discernible game-plan there, and they certainly don't seem capable of switching it up when things aren't going well".

"We didn't have to score four tries, we had to win the Test match".

Haskell, though, insisted the lines between success and failure remain fine - Ireland wouldn't even be on the brink of a Grand Slam but for a last-ditch, long-range drop goal from Johnny Sexton to win their opening match against France.

Eddie Jones says his England players can turn their form around