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Eddie Jones and his players are determined to temper expectations as the fly-half says England ‘want to leave it all’ in their final Six Nations fixture

Is this a dead rubber or the defining match of England’s Six Nations campaign? A British & Irish Lions audition or a renewal of Anglo-Irish rivalries that needs no additional narrative to get the juices flowing? It is not always easy to put England matches in context. The swashbuckling performance against France last weekend has kept the critics at bay and – win, lose or draw in Dublin on Saturday – a chance to return home and see families afterwards will quickly put the result into perspective.

Listen to the noises coming out of the England camp this week, however, and you do not get the sense an exhibition match is to be expected. Plenty of those watching from home would relish a repeat of the last time England kicked off their final Six Nations fixture with neither side in contention to clinch the title – the 38-38 draw with Scotland in 2019 – but you get the sense Eddie Jones would not.

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