James Haskell (C), captain Dylan Hartley (R) and Danny Care (L) celebrate England’s Six Nations win
James Haskell has told talkSPORT England head coach Eddie Jones will keep the team grounded after their Six Nations triumph, insisting there are tougher tests on the horizon.
England battled to a 31-21 win over France in their final Test on Saturday, to secure their first Grand Slam in 13 years and lift the first trophy under new Australian boss Jones at Stade de France.
Many have questioned the quality of this year’s tournament, with England running away with the victory despite never really hitting their top gear.
Flanker Haskell insists the achievement cannot be underestimated, saying he will relish the win for some time, but admits the squad will not be allowed to get carried away with their early success in Jones’ reign.
When the Six Nations celebrations die down, England will begin to look ahead to their three-Test tour of Australia in June, and Haskell insists there is plenty of more work to be done to ensure England can compete.
“Eddie has spoken about the fact that we haven’t really started yet, but we’re not getting carried away,” the Wasps captain told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“It’s important to relish these moments and opportunities. I think only about 35 England teams have ever won the Grand Slam, and the last one was 13 years ago.
“As a player, you never look back throughout your career and allow yourself to reflect and before you know it you’ve retired and you didn’t appreciate those big moments. So I want to hold on to this for as long as possible.
“But we know Australia, New Zealand and the like are a different level. Eddie has instilled a lot of faith and we know we’ve got a lot more hard work to do.
“That’s his message, he puts us through our paces. We’ve been waking up at 6:30am and we’re still working to 8 or 9 in the evening, but you have to make sacrifices to win. He’s reinstalled that in us and we want to make sure we go on and get the results.”