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Jones warns England that Ireland akin to going 'from Nishikori to Djokovic'

  • ‘Massive step up’ needed after easy wins over Italy and Georgia
  • Eddie Jones wary of ‘tough, physical’ Irish team

Eddie Jones has warned his players of the “massive step-up” they face against Ireland on Saturday, suggesting England are at a disadvantage because of the lack of high-quality opposition they have faced this autumn.

England enjoyed a comprehensive if unremarkable 40-0 win over Georgia on Saturday to move top of their Autumn Nations Cup pool, two weeks after a rusty 34-5 win over Italy sealed the Six Nations crown. In dreadful conditions, England’s scrum laid the foundations against Georgia, with Jones pleased at how his side prevailed in an area of traditional strength for their opponents.

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