England rugby coach Eddie Jones backs Lions to push the All Blacks

The All Blacks' first test against the Lions takes place at Eden Park on June 24.
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The All Blacks' first test against the Lions takes place at Eden Park on June 24.

Despite his side losing their unbeaten record, Eddie Jones still thinks an English-stacked Lions side can beat the All Blacks this year.

"I think the Lions have a massive shout and as Ireland showed, the All Blacks are there for the taking and we can't wait to play them either," Jones told the Daily Mail after England lost to Ireland 13-9 at Landsdowne Road in Dublin on Sunday morning (NZ time).

"I would expect at least 15 of our guys to go on the Lions tour and I would be disappointed if we didn’t have that many," said the England coach after they failed to extend their winning run to 19 games and set a new mark for top-tier international rugby sides. They now share that mark with the All Blacks.

England may have missed out on breaking the All Blacks' record but their loss to Ireland demonstrates how close the ...
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England may have missed out on breaking the All Blacks' record but their loss to Ireland demonstrates how close the upcoming Lions series will be.

England still captured the Six Nations title and Jones said he now relishes the chance of England taking on the All Blacks later this year.

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Jones said he's held talks with RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie this week over the possible encounter.

Eddie Jones thinks the Lions can upset the All Blacks like Ireland did against his England side.
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Eddie Jones thinks the Lions can upset the All Blacks like Ireland did against his England side.

"If that much mooted game comes across we are very keen to play them and I have had a discussion with Ian and we will be raring to go," the Daily Mail reported.

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