Ireland vs England, Six Nations 2017

He will not have forgotten the lampooning of himself and Australia's Michael Chieka as clowns by Australian and New Zealand publications previous year but, more pertinently, he is determined to ensure England develop a harder edge before the 2019 World Cup.

In a frustrating quirk of the worldwide fixture list, the game's top two teams are being kept apart until autumn 2018 when a seismic showdown is to be staged at Twickenham.

But Hansen said: "Eddie is obviously not used to getting compliments, so he's got to try to brush it off, I suppose".

" England are arriving to Dublin on the back of a huge win against Scotland so their confidence will be high, and deservedly so".

England are aiming for a record-breaking win that would deliver a second straight Grand Slam while Ireland will be determined to finish an underwhelming few weeks on a positive note.

"We haven't got anything to celebrate yet", Jones said.

"Not that we felt we weren't doing what we needed to do, but we just felt we needed to reset our minds a little bit".

"The Irish will have an ambush planned, they have 80 minutes to resurrect their season and I can guarantee you Eddie will not consider this a successful season unless they get the job done in Dublin".

"As an Australian I think the English are very polite and reserved".

We have to start with a strong game, with a lot of pressure so that we don't give them an opportunity to play the way they did against the All Blacks.

"We can take that confidence that we've done it and bring it into this week but the challenge ahead of us is as big, if not bigger", said Marler, who won his 50th cap last weekend against Scotland. His complete preoccupation as England coach is to turn this group into a squad that see off the All Blacks; Ireland have done that and he has paid it due attention.

Regardless of the result, England have won the Six Nations title. "It's nearly a childhood dream as a rugby player", Jones said.

The game was out of their reach before a quarter of the match had been played. History shows that winning back-to-back Grand Slams happens once every 27 years. "Against Italy [in England's previous match] we were ready to play a good game of rugby, but as you know we didn't play rugby".

Jones acknowledged the opposition have made this year's tournament "immeasurably harder" than it was 12 months ago and rejected Sir Clive Woodward's view that the title alone - without a Grand Slam - would represent failure.

"It is very easy for us to go from where we are to failures". "It all depends. If we can isolate one of them then we'll back two or three of our players to go over anybody but as far as our attack is concerned, it's not limited to just one area".

  • Arturo Norris