Eddie Jones eyes Grand Slam glory for England after Six Nations is secured
Eddie Jones has calmed England's RBS 6 Nations title celebrations because an even greater prize is within reach as he targets a precious Grand Slam.
For the first time since 2011, the Red Rose were crowned champions after their thrilling 25-21 victory over Wales on Saturday and France's 29-18 defeat to Scotland swept them over the finishing line with a round to spare.
The Six Nations title had never before been won as early as the penultimate weekend and the silverware, which will sit beside the Triple Crown at Twickenham, ends a dispiriting run of four successive runner-up finishes.
More treasured riches are on offer in Paris next Saturday, however, when England will seek to complete their first Grand Slam since Martin Johnson's World Cup winners of 2003 achieved the feat ahead of their global success.
Jones, in his debut campaign as head coach, insists the prospect of completing the ultimate challenge in northern hemisphere rugby ensures the title festivities will be restrained.
"The emotions were a bit mixed to be honest," Jones told the BBC. "It's obviously nice to win the championship, but as a team we feel like we haven't achieved what we want to achieve and that's the Grand Slam.
"If we prepare well, we'll do the business. We'll go to Paris confident.
"France were always going to be a difficult side and they showed at times against Scotland that they can play sublime rugby. At other times it's not so sublime, so we need to make sure they don't have too many sublime moments.
"Winning the title is a fantastic achievement by the team. The squad is still very much the same one from the World Cup, so the squad has changed themselves and the real credit goes to the players."
Jones watched Scotland prevail at Murrayfield from the squad's Surrey training base and met with England captain Dylan Hartley after the final whistle.
"We didn't know whether to shake hands, give each other a hug or just get on with business, so we shook hands," Jones said.
"We decided what we'll do tonight and what we'll do for the rest of the week. We'll have our normal squad meeting after dinner and then we might go down to the bar and have a couple of beers."
England established scarcely believable 16-0 and 25-7 leads against Wales before surviving a late fightback from Warren Gatland's men that sent ripples of panic through the stands at Twickenham - the setting for their collapse to the same opponents at the World Cup.
The first 50 minutes showcased the best rugby played by any team in this Six Nations with Maro Itoje, Ben Youngs and Billy Vunipola among the stand-out performers.
However, when asked which of his players had impressed him most during the tournament, Jones singled the deposed captain from the World Cup who has been switched from openside to blindside flanker.
"So far it would have to be Chris Robshaw. He's been absolutely outstanding," Jones said.
"To go from where he was at the end of the World Cup to where he is now, has been a fine achievement.
"Everyone in the team appreciates the work he does on and off the field and behind the scenes.
"He's one of those blokes who at the end of training is always helping others with areas of their game. He's been colossal for us."
Manu Tuilagi marked his international return after 21 months' absence because of a groin injury with a final-quarter cameo highlighted by a key tackle on wing George North as Wales went in search of the match-winning score in the closing seconds.
"When I saw the ball went across to George North and he had a clear run, I was just there at the right time," Tuilagi said.
"I had to brace myself and throw myself at him and luckily I got him into touch. He's a big old lad! I had to take a shot. I closed my eyes and hoped for the best.
"Being back out there with the boys felt good. I was out for a long time so to get out on the pitch was amazing because I missed it.
"For me now my goal is to enjoy every single minute and second of being back playing."
Tuilagi insists England will enjoy their unassailable position at the summit of the Six Nations, but he echoed Jones' verdict that victory in Paris on Saturday will deliver a more precious prize. The Grand Slam was last achieved by Wales in 2012.
"The determination for us to win has been massive. For us now it's important to keep our feet on the ground," Tuilagi said.
"We'll enjoy this moment because it will go really quick. We'll then look at what went wrong and try to improve."