Head coach Eddie Jones believes England fired a warning to their Six Nations counterparts, stating he was “massively positive” about a ruthless scrummaging display during yesterday’s 46-15 win over Italy.
Jones watched his side make it 24 wins out of 25 under his control as their superior quality gained full reward late on at the Stadio Olimpico.
The visitors’ forward dominance was exemplified by No 8 Sam Simmonds, who scored two of England’s seven tries.
“It wasn’t a perfect game, but it was very, very positive,” Jones said. “Our scrum was absolutely first-class. I don’t think we have scrummed as well as that since I’ve been in England. That’s English rugby.
“Defensively we made a few errors, but that was always going to be a difficult team to play. I was really pleased with the effort.
“I want the boys to enjoy the win, relax a bit and then we’ll focus on Wales.”
Jones confirmed scrum-half Ben Youngs sustained a knee ligament injury that will rule him out of Saturday’s key game against the Welsh at Twickenham.
Youngs twisted awkwardly early in the first half and was stretchered off, with Leeds-born Danny Care producing a controlled performance in his place.
“It’s too early to make a prediction,” the coach added.
“We’ll get information about it (today).
“It’s a knee injury and it looks like a ligament injury.”