Eddie Jones wants England to ‘smack’ Italy

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England boss Eddie Jones wants England to build on their fine start to the Six Nations by thrashing Italy in Rome on Sunday.

Jones’ charges beat Scotland 15-9 in their tournament opener at Murrayfield and the former Australia and Japan coach is keen to build on that result by putting the Azzurri to the sword in their own backyard.

“We control our own destiny,” he told the BBC.

“We want to go there and smack Italy.

“I’ve already said to the boys that’s our aim – to go out there and give Italy a good hiding.”

England have been victorious in all 21 of their previous meetings with Italy, but Jones admits that the Azzurri won’t be a walkover.

“Italy are going to be tough because they should have beaten France, but that’s our aim,” he added.

England tops the log after the first round of matches, and will face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.