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England eye NZ's world rugby No.1 spot

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/11/2016 Duncan Bech

Fullback Mike Brown hopes the momentum gathering behind England's bid to replace the All Blacks at the summit of world rugby will accelerate this month.

South Africa launch world No.2 England's home campaign on Saturday, with Fiji, Argentina and Australia also visiting Twickenham on successive weekends.

Coach Eddie Jones transformed England from World Cup flops to grand slam champions and masters of the Wallabies, who were subdued 3-0 in June, in the space of six months.

Brown insists they are now commanding respect, with the team feeding off results that have lifted them to second in the world rankings.

"We are building some sort of aura. Teams can see what we are about and there is still so much more that we can achieve," Brown said.

"Whenever you are part of a team that keeps winning, you do get that momentum and get on a roll."

Mike Brown at training for England. © David Rogers/Getty Images Mike Brown at training for England.

If all four visitors to Twickenham are dispatched over the coming weekends, England will have equalled their own record of 14 successive victories.

Jones has pieced together a nine-Test winning run since replacing Stuart Lancaster and has targeted a flawless record for 2016.

"It would be amazing if we did that. We want to win every game and we believe we can do that," Brown said.

"It would be amazing to do that but we are just focused on our next game, which is South Africa.

"That will be a huge challenge - we haven't beaten them for so long and no-one in our squad has ever beaten them."

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