Six Nations review: Player of the week, flop & more

"It's not a clubs problem, it's our problem".

"Winning the championship is fantastic but if we were to lose next week I think it would take away somewhat from what we have achieved so far", added the 19-times capped worldwide. "He'll go for a scan today (Monday)", Jones said.

"There are a number of reasons for that, but the only reason that we can solve at the moment is our ability to be better at it, and to be better at it we need some technical skill and we need a greater intent of the players to be aggressive in that area". Our players are used to playing a certain way and we're finding it hard to change their habits. "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".

"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".

But scrumhalf Conor Murray warns that Ireland need to step up another level if they are to break England's dominant home record at Twickenham to earn the first Slam since 2009 and just the third in Irish rugby history.

England are yet to lose at Twickenham under Jones and the Irish have not won there since 2010.

"We're not in any cycle".

James Haskell, who made his first England appearance since last March against France, also acknowledged the difference between Premiership and global matches. "Whether it's 20 points or one point we lost the game, that's what we're upset about".

Itoje reacted immediately by sticking his head out of the maul and he appeared to say to Jaco Peyper, the referee: "Sir, he is biting me". Definitely not. I think we've enough knowledge about them and experience to deal with that. If you think this is abnormal, I think that thinking is abnormal. And it's better happening now because it gives us a chance to fix it.

"I'm well aware that I'm lucky, the fact there were injuries that have allowed me to get this opportunity".

"It's interesting, in 2015 these players were no good, in 2016 they were terrific, in 2017 they were world beaters and now after two games they're no good again. We're all disappointed, we're all gutted".

England lost 22-16 to France in Paris as the weekend - a result which ensured Ireland will win the Six Nations.

Maitland, a former Super Rugby victor with the Crusaders, has scored eight tries in 33 tests for Scotland since 2013. Jones knows that, too, having criticized England's deployment of Robshaw in that position during the Rugby World Cup when in charge of Japan.

  • Rogelio Becker