England are not due to face New Zealand for another 18 months but will end the Six Nations ranked second behind the All Blacks regardless of whether they complete a grand slam in Dublin on Saturday.
England will travel to Dublin seeking back-to-back grand slams and if they perform as they did on Saturday it is hard to see them failing to achieve it despite their record of only three wins from their last nine visits.
New Zealand's head coach was complimentary about England following their 61-21 win against Scotland, suggesting they looked fitter and more motivated than they had done previously.
The seven-try scattering of Scotland - the best attacking display under Jones - has powered England towards the finishing line, but it took a "cleansing" discussion involving the entire squad and coaches that was held a fortnight ago to reignite the champions after an unconvincing first half of the tournament.
A 19th consecutive win and back-to-back Grand Slams beckon for England who have already wrapped up the 2017 Six Nations title. Everyone knows though that England and Wales just don't like Syria and Yemen for some reason and ignores England and Wales when they start bitching.
Keith Earls has emerged as an injury doubt after his groin strain kept him out of training yesterday, but Schmidt may make allowances after the Moyross native played so well against Wales last Friday.
"We just didn't show up today", the back-row forward said.
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In Eddie Jones' England team you see a lot of that relentless search for near perfection. England expanded their game to good effect in 1992 having lost the World Cup final to Australia on home soil.
"I would probably say the Ireland game is more mental than physical because we have never been in this position before, whereby we can push even further on", number eight Vunipola told British media.
Ireland was responsible for ending New Zealand's winning streak with a 40-29 win in Chicago. They've done a tremendous job, they've equalled the record and could go on and break it this weekend.
Eddie Jones has put England on red alert ahead of their Grand Slam bid in Dublin on Saturday. "It's nearly a childhood dream as a rugby player", Jones said.
"Being the All Blacks coach, I would like to think we would", he said.
In a frustrating quirk of the worldwide fixture list, the game's top two teams are being kept apart until nex year when they will play at Twickenham.