Eddie Jones had said that his England team will be playing “the greatest Welsh side ever” in two weeks time when the two countries clash at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
England and Wales are the only two teams remaining in the championship with a 100% record but it’s England who lead the way by two points thanks to their bonus points wins picked up in Dublin and at Twickenham today.
England eased to victory over France in what was an unrelenting performance and the battle in Cardiff in two weeks looks set to be a cracker.
Jones, when speaking at the post-match press conference after today’s win, outlined his admiration for Wales and their head coach Warren Gatland.
“Well, we’re playing the greatest Welsh side ever so we’re going to have to be at our absolute best,” Jones said.
“So our preparation starts on Wednesday. You know when you play against a Warren Gatland side, he’s been at the top of the tree in European rugby for the last 15 years through his club, country and the Lions.
“You’re playing against a tough, physical team. They contest hard at the breakdown and you’ve got to earn every point against them. We’ll start on Wednesday and we look forward to going down there, it should be fun.”
England, of course, will go to Cardiff with a lot of confidence after their back-to-back wins against Ireland and France. So many of their players are in excellent form including Owen Farrell and winger Jonny May who scored three tries this afternoon.
“Yeah, it was pretty good, pretty useful (Farrell’s kicking). Look, Owen has got a good sense of the game but your kick is only as good as your chasers and some of the chasing today was outstanding.
“Jonny May is like when you go in the park and you see the person with the tennis ball and they throw it and the dog runs a 100 miles an hour and chases it and brings it back…he does that pretty well!”