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Eddie Jones locks eyes on World Cup glory

Press Association logoPress Association 3/12/2016

England head coach Eddie Jones' sole focus is winning the 2019 World Cup as he played 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 - 1,020 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.

"We're progressing. We can't get too ahead of ourselves.

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

"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.

England overcame an early 10-point deficit against the Wallabies with tries from Jonathan Joseph (two), Mardland Yarde and Ben Youngs, while Sefa Naivalu and Sekope Kepu scored for the Wallabies.

Jones praised his side's second-half display, after going back to basics.

"We just had to hang in there and we did," Jones added.

"In the second half we did the basics really well. To win the second half 24-5 is a pretty fair effort."

Jones described Youngs' contribution as "masterful" and said the scrum-half, who scored following a quick tap penalty and an exquisite dummy, had put his hand up for Lions selection for next summer's tour to New Zealand.

Jones praised Nathan Hughes, who impressed as deputy to Billy Vunipola at number eight, and is encouraged at his side's growing depth.

"We're probably missing seven influential players," Jones said.

"That's a hell of a lot of talent to be missing. We overcame that loss of talent.

"Australia are probably close to full strength. So that's a good result for us today."

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