Eddie Jones says he is satisfied with the direction the team is heading in after their 37-18 victory over Australia on Saturday.
The victory sees them end their Quilter Internationals with three wins from four games, defeated only by a point against World Champions New Zealand.
It also sees them end the year with six wins from 12 games as they head into the 2019 Six Nations with huge momentum.
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“We took steps ahead in South Africa while on tour, we had a tough Six Nations, we got some things wrong in terms of planning and we needed to regroup and in South Africa we did that,” said Jones.
“We didn’t get the results we would have liked in terms of winning the series but we moved on in the togetherness of the team and how we want to play rugby. This November has been another step forward and we expect to make another step forward in the Six Nations.”
Jones also paid tribute to his side for producing a ‘classic English’ performance against Australia, as they scored four tries to seal victory.
“Our performance today was based on the traditions of English rugby: strong scrum, lineout maul, good defence and then we created opportunities to attack and the scrum was at the forefront of that.
“In that first half we had opportunities to get a bit further ahead than we were. We missed those and allowed them back in the game and they got a bit of confidence but in the second half we were able to regroup, play a real English second half and I was really pleased with that.”
Love coaching England
Jones, who spoke of his love at coaching England, also hailed their competition for places and urged the players to go back to their clubs and continue to improve. "All we want to do is play good rugby"
“We have great competition for places, especially when you consider the players we are missing,” he said. “It’ll get every player in the squad to push harder.
“I’m coaching England and I love the English players and it’s about us getting better as a team. All we want to do is play good rugby.”