Eddie Jones: Ireland were the Six Nations favourites, they'll be "grossly disappointed"

Ireland are the last remaining obstacle in the way of a second straight Grand Slam and the record for most consecutive tier one Test wins.

"We've spoken about having two options", said Hartley. There's a perception that this Six Nations has been better and it probably has been, but you've still got to win and to win it you've got to stay undefeated.

They now have the chance to complete back-to-back Grand Slams in Dublin, a feat no team has managed to achieve since France in 1997 and 1998 when the tournament only had five teams.

"The performance against Scotland was pretty ruthless so it was a good progression for the team, but we've only equalled New Zealand's record".

On this week's edition of The Oval Office Podcast, Lee Byrne tells us what's gone wrong with Wales and how many dragons are likely to feature for the Lions. That is something we want to do to teams - try and take them to a different level and hopefully we can do that. "He understands the game and I think we can get the ball to the space pretty well".

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

"If we were to get beaten on Saturday, is it a failure?"

On a day where their male counterparts set records of their own, England Women set the tone with Kay Wilson scoring a Championship-best seven tries against Scotland.

"Last year we were nervous and I expect us to be nervous this year".

"This is another great challenge, one that will be right up there, but we've very excited about it". We have to start with a strong game, with a lot of pressure so that we don't give them an opportunity to play the way they did against the All Blacks. "We kept going until the very end".

"We acknowledge we've won the Six Nations but we want the Grand Slam". "We know Ireland are going to be fired up for it and we're hugely motivated to do it".

Daly, however, remains with the England squad as he undergoes the head injury assessment protocols for players with suspected concussion.

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