Jones apologises for Ireland, Wales slurs

CJ Stander celebrates with wife Jean Marie after the game

CJ Stander celebrates with wife Jean Marie after the game

It's hugely important they do this if they're to kick on and challenge the likes of Ireland and New Zealand, the quality is there, but they need to perform more consistently.

"A huge factor in whether the game will break records is whether customers are successful at the Cheltenham festival this week, if they are, it could well break the record".

Hartley missed the France game through injury and was replaced by Jamie George, who is back on the bench.

England may have lost their past two matches and seen their hopes of a third successive Six Nations title dashed but they are unbeaten at Twickenham since Eddie Jones took the reins following the 2015 World Cup debacle and would love to do to the Irish what they did to them in Dublin a year ago - deny England a ideal season.

In the lecture, Jones told an audience: "We've played 23 tests and have only lost one test to the scummy Irish". England are yet to lose under Jones at Twickenham.

Injuries to Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes see Sam Simmonds and James Haskell start at number eight and openside flanker.

But Ireland have not won a Grand Slam since 2009, when Ronan O'Gara dropped a goal in Cardiff with just two minutes left against Wales to win the final game and secure their first clean sweep for 61 years - so there will be little need for added motivation on St Patrick's Day in London.

"We've played 23 Tests".

Ireland captain Rory Best isn't happy with Jacob Stockdale, after the winger managed to overtake his all-time try-scoring haul after just 10 games.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Jordi Murphy, Kieran Marmion, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.

Angus Gardner of Australia will take charge of proceedings tomorrow. His assistants are South African Jaco Peyper and Welshman Nigel Owens, who was a late appointment.

Earlier on Thursday England coach Eddie Jones redirected any and all criticism towards World Rugby referees' chief Alain Rolland following outcry about Van der Westhuizen coming into England camp to work on their glaring failures at the breakdown.

The game is live on ITV or you can listen to commentary on Radio 5 Live.

Virtually every door in world rugby will be open to Schmidt after the World Cup and he will be in the luxurious position of being able to choose which one he walks through.

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