England got their Six Nations campaign off to the ideal start with a win away at Ireland in their opening game.
It’s always a tough test going over to Ireland and England know that – they haven’t won on Irish soil since 2013.
Not only is it tough on the road, it’s tough opening up against the reigning champions, with Ireland emerging victorious last year after winning all five of their games.
So for England to put up 32 points in a 32-20 victory last week, it’s a big statement from Eddie Jones and his men.
But what would really show their aspirations for another Six Nations win would be dominant win over France as they visit Twickenham this weekend.
The French have been perennial losers in the competition over the last 10 years, with Ireland, Wales and England dominating in terms of victories.
But they do have a rich rugby history and always threaten with their powerful style of play.
So the visit to London will be a tough one for the French and England have to do what is expected of them to make it two wins from two.
If they do, it lays down a marker for the rest of the Six Nations campaign – and sets them up perfectly for the trip to Wales in their third game.
The Welsh won their opening game away at France and you’d expect they’ll do the same on the road against Italy this weekend.
So it’s easy to imagine both countries go into that third game with a 100% record – something you can back with rugby betting odds.
But England have to get the job done and Jones will know that.
Their disappointing fifth-placed finish in the 2018 edition saw them win just twice – a result many didn’t see coming.
So England have to banish all memory of that this year and a win at home to France would put them on the right road to doing just that.