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Jones insists England´s World Cup bid not derailed by Ireland setback

20 March 2017 19:28

Eddie Jones insists England's Rugby World Cup hopes have not been derailed by their failed attempt at making history in Saturday's Six Nations defeat to Ireland.

England headed to Dublin knowing that victory would not only see them become the first team to complete back-to-back Grand Slams in the Six Nations era, but also set the record for the most consecutive wins by a tier-one nation at 19.

However, Ireland - as they did to New Zealand - stopped the run at 18 victories with a gritty 13-9 victory to inflict a first defeat on Jones as England's head coach.

But the Australian feels his team have made huge leaps and believes it is wrong to place too much emphasis on the defeat.

"One game doesn't change our plan. You are putting too much significance on a loss," he told a news conference.

"This result doesn't change the plan at all. Did you think we would never get defeated?

"We've got a plan in place so I know what we've got to do to be at our best for the World Cup, and one game doesn't affect our perception of people, or the team."

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