England’s victory over France saw Eddie Jones’ side break the previous national record set by Sir Clive Woodward’s 2003 crop for the most wins on the trot.
Woodward’s England won 14 on the bounce from March 2002 to August 2003 until France ended their run in the final warm-up Test before their victorious 2003 World Cup campaign. But Jones’ crop have now gone one better as England’s 27-22 victory over France was their 15th straight win.
The first match of the winning run was Stuart Lancaster’s last Test in charge when they thrashed Uruguay 60-3 in their final Rugby World Cup pool match. Jones took over and after securing the 2016 Grand Slam, they defeated Wales in a one-off Test before then winning their series against Australia 3-0. They finished 2016 with victories over South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia and then opened their 2017 account with a hard-fought win over France.
Jones’ class are now etched into English rugby history, but the feat means little to the England coach.
“We want to win the Six Nations — if we win the Six Nations and do handstands because I will be quite happy,” Jones said. “We are in the tournament now. Records don’t mean anything; you can score 100 in a Test match and get out for a duck. For us it is about keeping improving.
“We want to be Six Nations champions and that starts with us by beating Wales next week. So that is the only thing that matters.
“It is lovely to have a record and I am sure it is great for the RFU and it is great for the supporters.”
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