Jones impels England to go for Slam

Date published: March 17 2016

England boss Eddie Jones admits they will not be satisfied with anything less than victory over France in Paris this Saturday.

The Australian has urged his side to create history and win the Grand Slam.

A win over les Bleus on the weekend will secure England's first Grand Slam since 2003 and only the 13th in their history.

Having already secured the Six Nations title Jones admits that a triumph on the weekend is not up negotiation.

"We’re not satisfied," Jones told the official England Rugby website.

"We want to win the Grand Slam. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, in the history of the game in England there have only been 12 teams who have done it.

"It’s an achievement where you show you are the most dominant team in Europe and when we started this campaign that was our target."

Jones has made two changes to his side that won Wales last week at Twickenham, with Danny Care starting at scrum-half ahead of Ben Youngs, while Mako Vunipola is picked at prop.

He believes Youngs will have a vital contribution off the bench.

"Danny will give us some explosiveness at the start of the game.

"Ben Youngs was absolutely outstanding last week, Danny will start and then Benny will come on and win us the Grand Slam." 

The former Japanese national coach has urged his side to play with intensity as they look to win at the Stade de France against a French side who have only won twice in the tournament. 

"The French have promised to play French rugby," said Jones.

"They’ve got one of the most successful coaches in European rugby and they’re looking to play that off the cuff French style of play.

"They haven’t been able to do that, it all relies on their forwards being able to go forward before they can play the off the cuff stuff. We’ve got to make sure on Saturday that we don’t let them get go-forward in the forwards.

"We can’t plan how we want to attack against them. We’ve got to be very adaptive on the field and George and Owen will have to think on their feet, find out where the space is and use it."