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Hartley feeling grand and he's hungry to hit greater heights

By Duncan Bech

Dylan Hartley has demanded England choose glory over failure by completing the Grand Slam defence that will establish a new world record for successive Test victories.

Scotland were overwhelmed 61-21 at Twickenham on Saturday as the reigning champions retained their crown with a round of the RBS 6 Nations to spare, amassing seven tries that included a glorious hat-trick for Jonathan Joseph.

They head to Dublin for Saturday's climax to the tournament knowing that victory over Ireland would see Eddie Jones' men become only the sixth team, and the first since 1998, to manage consecutive clean sweeps.

An added incentive is the opportunity to break New Zealand's record sequence of 18 straight wins that was equalled by dismantling the Scots in the highest points total accumulated in the history of the Calcutta Cup.

The milestones are piling up at a rate of knots and Jones reacted to Scotland's unexpected collapse by urging his team to achieve "greatness", a rallying cry echoed by his captain.

"Eddie talked to us about that (greatness) a little bit. We talked about it as well.

"We have two options - there's failure on one side or you can kick on and get better and hit those lofty heights.

"We've put ourselves in the position to win a Grand Slam in this tournament and that's what we're out to do."

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