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Jones focused on World Cup as England end year unbeaten

England 37 Australia 21

By Matt McGeehan

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.

Jones said: "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.

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

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

He added: "The 2003 side were a much better side than we are at the moment. They could win any number of ways.

"They had a very, very consistent scrum and lineout. We don't have that yet. We're getting there."

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

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