England team coach Eddie Jones has every reason to smile.
England team coach Eddie Jones has every reason to smile. DAVID MOIR

Jones, England set sights on All Blacks' No.1 ranking

AFTER the All Blacks' loss to Ireland on the weekend, Eddie Jones' England team is dreaming of becoming the top-ranked country in world rugby.

The world No.2 England starts its autumn home campaign on Saturday (Sunday AEST) against South Africa, followed by Fiji, Argentina and Australia on successive weekends.

Jones has taken England from World Cup flops to Six Nations champions and a 3-0 whitewash of the Wallabies in just six months.

Fullback Mike Brown hopes the momentum for England to overtake the All Blacks will accelerate in the next few weeks.

"We are building some sort of aura. Teams can see what we are about and there is still so much more that we can achieve," Brown told reporters.

"It's great if, externally, we build something and people realise that we are here, but in the squad it just builds confidence and keeps pushing us forward towards the ultimate prize, which is being No.1 in the world and winning World Cups.

"Whenever you are part of a team that keeps winning, you do get that momentum and get on a roll."

Mike Brown celebrates with England teammates after scoring a try against Australia in June.
Mike Brown celebrates with England teammates after scoring a try against Australia in June. DAVID MOIR

If England wins the four matches at Twickenham in the next four weekends, the side will have equalled the English record of 14 successive victories since Jones took over from Stuart Lancaster.

"It would be amazing if we did that. We want to win every game and we believe we can do that," Brown said.

"It would be amazing to do that but we are just focused on our next game, which is South Africa.

"That will be a huge challenge - we haven't beaten them for so long and no-one in our squad has ever beaten them.

"Eddie is looking at the bigger picture, but we are all fully focused on that first game."

Lock Courtney Lawes will be given until Tuesday to prove his fitness from a knee injury, while Mako Vunipola was struggling early last week because of a hip problem.



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