England 44 - 8 France: Jones’ men sets sights on ‘greatest’ Welsh side

Gatland’s contract expires after the World Cup

The victor of the match between the two teams in two weeks' time will therefore take a big step towards winning the Six Nations title, and it didn't take long for Jones to start playing mind games.

"We took a lot of pressure in the kick-chase - 30-8 in the first half.it's very hard to come back".

Wales head coach Warren Gatland made 10 changes for the Stadio Olimpico encounter, handing Six Nations debuts to Leicester wing Jonah Holmes and Wasps flanker Thomas Young, while scrum-half Aled Davies and back-row forward Aaron Wainwright made first Six Nations starts. "Preparation starts on Wednesday".

Next for Jones' men is a trip to Cardiff on 23 February, with Jones apparently having forgotten the great Wales sides of the 1970s and the Grand Slam winners of 2005, 2008 and 2012 in his assessment of Warren Gatland's men. So far, we have had one team who has been playing really well and five who have not. They contest hard at the breakdown. 'Hopefully we'll go under the radar.

Jones, who highlighted the astute tactical kicking of England captain Owen Farrell and full-back Elliot Daly, added: "Your kicks are only as good as your chases".

The penalty try was awarded after Chris Ashton was perceived to have been tackled off the ball, meaning he was prevented from nearly certainly crossing the line to add another five points, to their 30-8 lead at the time.

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"I think when you put yourself in a position where after 30 minutes you've got a bonus point against a top team you've done pretty well", he added.

"I was pleased with our second half because we shut them out, although we missed some scoring opportunities but it was better".

'We didn't speak about the record at all this week but we will probably talk about it before England. "There's always space, because you've only got 15 players", Jones added.

France replied through a Morgan Parra penalty and Damian Penaud try in an error-strewn performance which does not bode well in World Cup year.

France head coach Jacques Brunel said: "Obviously I'm very, very disappointed".

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