Slam-winning Jones turns focus to All Blacks

Date published: March 20 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones has turned his attention to the All Blacks after clinching the Grand Slam in Paris.

Jones put an end to a 13-year wait for the biggest prize in the Six Nations after taking over from Stuart Lancaster following England's Rugby World Cup exit last year.

Now his new objective is to keep developing the squad to defeat New Zealand at some point in the future.

"Can we beat the All Blacks? We can't now, but we will," Jones told reporters.

"We are ecstatic to be the dominant team in Europe, but the great thing is we have a long way to go. What is exciting is that we have an average age of 24 and the trophy average is normally 28 so we have a lot of growing to do.

"We have the talent to beat the All Blacks.

"England have been quite stereotyped in the way they play and you see that in the Premiership. We are trying to change that and it helps when players know that they are being pushed for their positions."

Next up for Jones and England is a three-Test tour to Australia in June.

Jones hopes to blood more young talent after the success of Maro Itoje and Jack Clifford during this Six Nations.

"It is a small step and we have a tour to Australia to come in the summer and we look forward to that," he added.

"We have brought some young players through, perhaps earlier than we intended, and we will introduce more in the next three years."

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