Eddie Jones insists England must bristle with ambition when they seek to build on a perfect first year under his guidance by successfully defending their Six Nations title.
Australia were crushed 37-21 at Twickenham on Saturday to complete a clean sweep of autumn victories and equal the record of 14 successive Test triumphs set by Clive Woodward’s World Cup winners in 2002-03.
An unblemished 12 months comprising of 13 wins sees England end 2016 placed second in the global rankings, but Jones has already turned his mind to plotting the downfall of his European rivals.
“The Six Nations, in my limited experience of it, is a different competition to the autumn,” Jones said.
“Being an outsider to the Six Nations, I thought there was an absolute fear of losing rather than wanting to win. What we want to do in the Six Nations is go out there and win it.
“The only thing I’m interested in now is winning the Six Nations and to win the Six Nations we need more consistency in our set piece.
“I want to have the most dominant scrum. The scrum in the Six Nations is enormously important so we want that dominance.”
Despite missing the injured Billy Vunipola, James Haskell and Maro Itoje, England produced a conclusive end to the autumn by overcoming a poor start to run in four tries, extending their mastery of the Wallabies to a fourth successive victory.
Jones spent Sunday debriefing his players, who return to their clubs with clear instructions on areas for improvement knowing that any drop in standards will result in demotion from the Six Nations squad.
One player who is in no danger of missing out is Owen Farrell, England’s goalkicking points machine who has pieced together a solid if unspectacular autumn while shaking off the lingering after effects of the back injury that delayed his start to the season.
Farrell excelled throughout the whitewash of Australia in June and Jones views the 25-year-old as the “standard bearer” for the team.
“He hasn’t been at his best this autumn – it’s quite clear he’s still recovering from his back injury. I’d say he’s probably been at 80 per cent of his total fitness,” he said.