DUBLIN, March 18 (Reuters) - England coach Eddie Jones blamed himself for his team’s 13-9 defeat by Ireland on Saturday that ended their hopes of a second successive Six Nations grand slam and a world record 19th victory in a row.
England conceded an early try to Ireland lock Iain Henderson and never really threatened to get back into the match as the hosts strangled their attacking options.
“Everything was wrong with the preparation because we played like that. I take full responsibility, I didn’t prepare the team well and we will respond in the future,” Australian Jones told the BBC.
“It was a tight old game. One or two things go your way and the game flips, they didn’t go our way today, we didn’t work hard enough to get those opportunities and that’s what happens.”
England secured the Six Nations title with a crushing 61-21 win over Scotland last weekend. (Writing by Ed Osmond; Editing by Ken Ferris)