England head coach Eddie Jones has urged his Six Nations Grand Slam winning side to be in the top three within the next year.
Jones, who took over from Stuart Lancaster after a dismal World Cup campaign, has guided England to a Grand Slam winning 2016 season – a feat that England last managed thirteen years ago.
The Australian is giving his men twelve months to be amongst the top three in the world and three years to knock the defending world champion New Zealand side off their number one spot.
England are currently in fourth position, the highest Northern Hemisphere team, behind two-time World Cup winning the Springboks in third position, Australia in second and the All Blacks are at the summit of the official World Rugby standings.
Just two weeks before Jones announces his squad for the June international Tests, he hopes to loosen the Southern Hemisphere's grip off the top three spots.
"To make sure you escape a pool where you’ve got three top-six teams you need to be ranked one, two or three in the world, that’s really important for us." Jones told the Daily Mirror.
The England boss believes that a victory in the first of their three-match series against Australia on June 11 will give them the momentum needed to clinch the Test series.
"If we win the first Test we’re in a position to win the series. Win the series and we create history.
"The second important thing is to go into the (World Cup) tournament itself as the best side in the world. That’s what we’re aiming for."