Rugby World Cup 2019: Eddie Jones brings England crashing down to earth with a dose of realism

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Eddie Jones brought his England squad crashing back to earth in the wake of their historic victory over New Zealand by stressing they haven’t achieved anything yet.

England will face a repeat of the 2007 Rugby World Cup final in facing South Africa this Saturday, with the Springboks scrapping their way past Wales with a 19-16 victory in Yokohama.

Jones was part of that Springboks coaching set-up that triumphed over England 12 years ago, working under Jake White to triumph in France, and it will be the third time that one of Jones’s teams has made a World Cup final following his 2003 Australia side’s defeat against England.

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It’s for that reason that Jones knows even the incredible 19-7 victory over the All Blacks will stand for nothing if England fail to beat South Africa this weekend.

“We had two-and-a-half years to prepare for this game,” Jones said. “The players weren’t consciously preparing for it, but sub-consciously we were garnering a game to play against New Zealand. It’s a good performance but we’ve got to play better next week.

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“We want to be the best in the world and we’re not, so we’re not going to be satisfied until we’re the best in the world.

“It’s a mind-set, it’s the attitude of the players, the messag

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