France beat England 22-16 in Six Nations

Members of the squad lined up and charged into tackle bags as they prepare for England

"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". And the truth is that in the two years since Jones took charge they have never looked so far away from playing it.

England head coach Eddie Jones is on the verge of facing his most hard period at the helm as his team take on a dominant Ireland side following two successive Six Nations defeats, former player and coach Clive Woodward said.

Eddie Jones insists England are negotiating an inevitable slump where the "game does not love you" after France handed Ireland the Six Nations rugby title by prevailing 22-16 over his team in Paris.

Brian O'Driscoll has stoked the flames with England manager Eddie Jones ahead of a potential Grand Slam decider for Ireland in Twickenham on St Patrick's Day.

But, after upsetting some of the Scottish blazers by turning up to the official function after the game at Murrayfield in an open neck shirt and jumper, England's head coach was noticeably dressed in a jacket and tie for the French dinner.

The Irish saw off Scotland 28-8 in Dublin this afternoon partly thanks to another two Jacob Stockdale tries. As you could see at the end of the game when we had a bit of power on the field and got the ball going forward, our attack looked better.

"We need to make sure that when we have these experiences that are tough, it goes into our work to improve".

Jones added: "It is going to take us some time [to fix the issues]. We play Ireland next year in the Six Nations and we will play them in 18 months at the World Cup and we need to make sure we are a better team when we play them".

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Dominated early when they were made to pay for their mistakes, the French turned things around in the second half thanks to ill-discipline by England.

France coach Jacques Brunel praised his team's defensive performance. There are some pretty exhausted bodies there, I think Scotland made 190 tackles and we made 135 - that suggests that there was a fair bit of collision stuff out there, and it was very hard work post-tackle as well.

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge". We've got to pick them up to play well against Ireland.

"If they are free in that zone, it becomes complicated for their opponents".

"The game is changing at the moment which will enforce some selection changes", Jones said.

A loss to the newly-crowned champions this weekend will nearly certainly not cost Jones his job, given his success in winning 24 of 27 games in charge since the start of 2016, but he is aware of how their Six Nations rivals have learned to expose England's biggest weakness in competing at the breakdown. "And then if we won the Test match, well we'd score four tries", Jones said.

Wales face Italy later on Sunday, but the outcome of that match will have no impact on Irish fortunes.

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