Ireland leapfrog England in world rankings ahead of Twickenham showdown


England has won four of the last six meetings between these sides in the Six Nations (L2), with each of the last four games being won by the home side on the day.

England captain Dylan Hartley is expected to be available to face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday but doubt now hovers over the fitness of Elliot Daly.

The damning post-match statistics from the Stade de France revealed 11 turnovers and 16 penalties conceded and for a second successive match the fallen champions have been demolished at the breakdown. "If he's fit then he'll be playing", Jones told reporters.

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

"The boot is just a precaution".

"Against Ireland, we had already shown that we were there but we didn't get lucky (as we lost 15-13) but this time (against England), luck was on our side".

"I've seen them play often enough but I actually watched some of the England players train with the Lions. 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. Defend really for the team and for him, and make sure we get in front of them and deny them those tries".

Murray scored Ireland's third try against Scotland as they won the Six Nations with a game to spare
Murray scored Ireland's third try against Scotland as they won the Six Nations with a game to spare

"We're not in any cycle". We played well in the last few games. One's by a hair's breadth against France and in the other one we were outplayed. "He'll go for a scan today (Monday)", Jones said.

"I still think they're a really, really good side that can be very risky".

"There are a number of reasons for that but the only reason we can solve at the moment is our ability to be better at it and to be better at it requires some technical skill and a greater intent to be aggressive in that area". "Now we have to fix it".

"We do have the ability, it's just about getting that performance together and trying to nail it as best we can". There's no such thing as a cuddle or a bollocking.

"There's kids like that who need to understand what Johnny (Sexton) said, they need to understand that this doesn't happen very often. We're all disappointed, we're all gutted".

Grand Slam seeking Ireland have leapfrogged next weekend's opponents England into second place in the latest IRB world rankings.

Further Ireland tries from Bundee Aki, Dan Leavy, Cian Healy and a last-minute Stockdale intercept score secured a critical bonus-point win.