England's Jonathan Joseph (L) runs past Australia's Israel Folau (R) to score a try.
England's Jonathan Joseph (L) runs past Australia's Israel Folau (R) to score a try. WILL OLIVER

Jones wants World Cup, not world-record winning run

RUGBY UNION: Eddie Jones isn't getting caught up in England's record-equalling winning run.

There's only one victory that he cares about - one that will secure his side the World Cup in 2019.

England completed a year undefeated for the first time since 1992 when it trounced Australia 37-21 at Twickenham.

The result was the country's 14th victory in succession, which matches the achievement of the great team of 2002-03, which also claimed the World Cup during its run.

Jones, who has now overseen 13 of the wins since replacing Stuart Lancaster at the start of 2016, has got his sights on usurping the All Blacks as world champions - and not their record of 18 straight wins achieved this year before their shock loss to Ireland.

"The only record we're interested in is being the No.1 team in the world. To do that you've got to win the World Cup,” Jones said.

"There's clocks around (Twickenham) which say how many days until the World Cup final - 1020 days. Every day counts.

"We've got until November 2, 8pm Japan time to get ready. That's what we're aiming at. We want to be at our best on that night.”

England coach Eddie Jones
England coach Eddie Jones WILL OLIVER

Jones' side is yet to face the all-conquering All Blacks.

"We're progressing. We can't get too ahead of ourselves,” he said. "We're only the No.2 team in the world and we want to be No.1.

"We've got a long way to go before we achieve that. And we're hell-bent on achieving that.

"We've got the talent here. It's just whether we get the desire and cohesion right.

"The 2003 side were a much better side than we are at the moment. They could win any number of ways.”

England made a slow start to its much-anticipated clash with the visiting Aussies, but overcame an early 10-point deficit with tries from Jonathan Joseph (two), Mardland Yarde and Ben Youngs.

"We just had to hang in there and we did,” Jones said.

"In the second half we did the basics really well. To win the second half 24-5 is a pretty fair effort.”

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