Eddie Jones encounters alarming stumbling blocks on road to Japan

RugbyU Painful past lessons makes Best wary of Scots

In a world full of worrisome woes - from Brexit to North Korea, and the obesity crisis to what on earth Meghan Markle will wear for the wedding - English rugby supporters thought they had everything ginger-peachy. All was right in the red-rose arena.

Whatever solutions Jones tried in the last two weeks, they did not work.

England will be outclassed by newly-crowned Six Nations champions Ireland at Twickenham if they fail to deal with their repeated disciplinary issues, former captain Lawrence Dallaglio said.

Jones cut an unusually restrained figure in the Stade de France post-match discourse, as a jarringly inapt, chilled-out remix of Bob Marley's "Sun is Shining" played in the background.

"Eddie Jones's honeymoon is over, he is about to experience the other side of being the England coach", wrote Woodward in his column for Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper. France got the better of England in this respect, with openside flanker Camara winning some key penalties while also showing his athleticism and strong ball-carrying ability in open play.

"We've won four games out of four but even coming away on Saturday there was a feeling that we are still not playing to our optimum ability". You could tell by their speeches and their actions that season how much it meant to them. Only New Zealand are ahead of Ireland, the All Blacks are way out in front with 93.99 points.

France piled the pressure in England's 22 but were only rewarded with a penalty after a unsafe tackle.

Two tries by Jacob Stockdale set up Ireland's dominant 28-8 victory over Scotland on Saturday, which a few hours later proved to be enough for the Irish to clinch the Six Nations title.

"Up to this point I think beating Australia in the World Cup in 2011 is our greatest victory because of the context of that match but if we could beat England at Twickenham that would provide the most incredible springboard going forward to the 2019 World Cup. I think the scrum was really solid, we had some good lineout defence too".

And therein lies the rub.

Things then got worse for England when France was awarded a penalty try and Watson was yellow-carded for a high tackle that prevented Fall from a certain score in the left corner. But is the domestic league on the wrong track?

His response to a second successive defeat of this Six Nations was to take the learning-lessons line. Eddie Jones's side have struggled for rhythm since.

Sometimes it is only when you look back that you realise you have crossed a border.

Three years in Dublin - and two Heineken Cups later - saw the 52-year-old take the reins from Declan Kidney as Ireland's head coach.

Maxime Machenaud duly added his fourth penalty and Jonny May's try came too late in the piece for England, with Ireland now holding an unassailable lead in the table. Most global teams have one huge centre or wing.

Tremouliere kicked a 54th-minute penalty to close the gap to a point at 14-13 in England's favour, before Daley-McLean stretched that to four from the penalty tee with nine minutes remaining.

"Yes, it can be hard, but good teams learn to adapt quickly".



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