England boss Eddie Jones has warned that his side is still some way from its peak despite winning the Six Nations.
The Australian has made an immediate impact since taking over at the start of the year and after being confirmed as champions last weekend, Saturday’s 31-21 win over France saw the Red Rose clinch their first Grand Slam since 2003.
Their achievement marks a stark turnaround from last year when under former boss Stuart Lancaster they became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stages of the World Cup.
Perhaps most exciting for England is that their squad’s average age is only around 24, meaning a number of their players look set to peak in time for the next global showpiece in 2019.
Rather than getting carried away by his side’s Six Nations campaign, Jones insists their recent success is just the first step in what could prove to be an incredibly exciting journey.
“The great thing is that the best is still ahead of us. We are only going to get better,” he said. “It's a nice first step for us but it's only a small step because we've got much larger steps to go. That starts with the Australian tour in June.
“The exciting thing for us is that we have an average age of 24. Winning trophy age is about 28 so we're three or four years from peaking. That's enormously exciting.”