Owen Farrell eyes Autumn Nations Cup success after clinching Six Nations crown

By Duncan Bech, PA England Rugby Correspondent
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Owen Farrell immediately targeted Autumn Nations Cup glory after England clinched the third Guinness Six Nations of the Eddie Jones era.

A 34-5 victory over Italy in Rome was enough to place them on top of the table at the end of Super Saturday with France finishing runners-up, losing out on points difference after toppling Ireland.

The Autumn Nations Cup, which replaces the traditional end-of-year tours by the southern hemisphere giants, begins in a fortnight and Farrell aims to lift more silverware.

Farrell said: “It’s a massive achievement for us as a group to win the Six Nations in the strangest year and circumstances.

“We’ve worked really hard in training over the past few weeks to get ready for the Italy game. We knew what we had to do and we kept our focus and got the result.

“This is a great group of players, we really think we can continue to get better and achieve more for England.

“We’re turning our attentions now to the Autumn Nations Cup, we want consistent success and we’re working hard to be better in each and every game.

“We know how difficult things are for everyone at home at the moment and we’ve been saying all through our training camps how we want to do our bit to make people smile.

“Hopefully we’ve done that today and we’ll do more of the same throughout the autumn.”

Jones guided England to European glory in 2016 and 2017, but fell on lean times thereafter.

Jones said: “I’m very proud of all the players and staff. They’ve reacted superbly to the changing situations in the past couple of weeks and remained focused on the goal of winning the Six Nations.

England's victory in Rome was enough seal their third Six Nations title in five years
England’s victory in Rome was enough seal their third Six Nations title in five years (Marco Lacobucci/PA)

“We’ll have a couple of days rest then get back together later next week and put everything we have into our preparation for the Autumn Nations Cup.

“It’s another really important tournament for us and I’ll be expecting the same levels of application as we work towards performing at our best.

“We’d also like to thank all of our supporters. It’s strange not having fans in the stadium and we know it’s a tough time for the country, but we felt your support throughout the campaign and it does make a difference.

“Hopefully we can continue to deliver more good moments for our fans in the coming weeks.”