Eddie Jones: Highs and lows

Best is one of only two members of his side to have won a grand slam - alongside Rob Kearney in 2009 - but to achieve a second, he must captain Ireland to a first win at Twickenham since 2010.

This week, Jones apologised after footage from a leadership talk in July showed him vowing to get revenge for defeat to the "scummy Irish".

"We feel we are in a good place, we don't feel we are too far away".

"I always consult people because I am not the reservoir of wisdom".

'We've tried to rectify the breakdown by working hard in training.

Jones insists the key to foiling Ireland is to ensure England are operating at "peak arousal state".

"The emotional part of the game in the Six Nations is enormous. We felt we could do well in this competition, congratulations to Ireland on winning the championship already, but we know how close it could have been", Gatland said.

"It's probably more than any other tournament I've experienced about your ability to not get over-aroused, not to be under-aroused, to be at the right arousal level".

"But we'll get that back, we'll get that back, don't worry".

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The big problem for England, though, is not what Jones says, or what Ireland can achieve, but whether they turn up or not.

Eddie Jones has issued an "unreserved" apology after a video emerged in which he labelled Ireland "scummy" and Wales a "little s*** place", with the Rugby Football Union having to also apologise to their Irish and Welsh counterparts.

Speaking publicly on the matter for the first time yesterdayday, Jones refused to expand on his remarks.

"I apologise for the remarks". "I don't have anything else to say on the matter". I'm still dirty about that game.

"That's how important the game is to them because potentially if they lose against Ireland then they have three games against South Africa".

"It's disappointing, there was no lack of effort but we struggled to execute at certain times".

Richard Wigglesworth starts at scrumhalf with Owen Farrell finally conducting matters at 10 as Ben Te'o and Jonathan Joseph form a Lions partnership in the English midfield.

The fact Jones has cut Danny Care and Dan Cole along with the expected benching of George Ford, Jamie George and, less so, Joe Launchbury meant these incidental subplots were eventually drowned out.

  • Joey Payne