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Eddie Jones locks eyes on NZ's top spot

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/12/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Coach Eddie Jones wants one thing from his time at the helm of the English team, the Webb Ellis Cup.</span> © Reuters / Henry Browne Coach Eddie Jones wants one thing from his time at the helm of the English team, the Webb Ellis Cup. England head coach Eddie Jones' sole focus is usurping New Zealand as world champions as he plays down the importance of a record-equalling run.

Saturday's 37-21 victory over Australia at Twickenham saw England complete a calendar year undefeated for the first time since 1992 and it was a 14th win in a row.

That sequence, which tied the record held by Sir Clive Woodward's World Cup winners in 2002-03, began with World Cup victory over Uruguay as the hosts exited in ignominy.

Now Jones, who succeeded Stuart Lancaster as boss in November 2015 and has overseen 13 wins in 2016, wants his side to dethrone world champions New Zealand in Japan in three years' time.

"The only record we're interested in is being the number one team in the world. To do that you've got to win the World Cup," Jones said.

"There's clocks around (Twickenham) which say how many days until the World Cup final - 1020 days. Every day counts.

"We've got until November 2, 8pm Japan time to get ready. That's what we're aiming at. We want to be at our best on that night."

Jones says his team can't get ahead of itself. New Zealand hold a healthy lead in the world rankings over the English.

"We're only the number two team in the world and we want to be number one," Jones said.

"We've got a long way to go before we achieve that. And we're hell-bent on achieving that.

"We've got the talent here. It's just whether we get the desire and cohesion right."

Jones says his England side, yet to play the All Blacks, are still not at the level of Woodward's.

"The 2003 side were a much better side than we are at the moment. They could win any number of ways," he said.

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