England coach Eddie Jones has defended his side's loss to Ireland on the weekend, using the moment to take a swipe at the All Blacks.

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The Six Nations champions failed to surpass the All Blacks record of 18 Test victories after losing 13-9 to Ireland, but Jones used the loss as ammunition to discuss the All Blacks' struggles of winning their second world cup and the need for generous officiating.

"You guys know the history of rugby. You know what the All Blacks had to go through to win the World Cup in 2011," Jones told The Times.

"They lost the semi-final against Australia in 2003 and they lost the quarter-final in 2007. They got to the final in 2011 and they had to have a very kind referee to get them home.

"That's how hard it is for them to win. So to lose the Grand Slam game when we've already got the trophy is hardly a scar, it's a learning experience."

Eddie Jones' dig at the All Blacks wasn't his first, after he and Steve Hansen had words just two weeks ago. Photo: Getty

The All Blacks survived 8-7 in the title match with French complaints about South African referee Craig Joubert. After the match France halfback Dimitri Yachvili said: "The referee was under a lot of pressure. He did not want us to win."

Jones then turned the attention back to his side, saying while it's never good to lose, there is much to be learned from from the experience.

"It's a game, it's a game of rugby. We lost, we'll move on, we'll get better, we'll learn.

"One game doesn't change our plan. We've got a plan in place. I know what we've got to do to be at our best for the World Cup. One game doesn't affect our perception of people, or the team."

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Jones' comments is the latest in an exchange of words between the English and Kiwi head coaches, after the former Australian coach recently compared Steve Hansen to the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood.

The war of words comes as the England Rugby Union look into hosting the All Blacks at Twickenham on November 4 in a revenue-sharing test featuring the world's top two ranked sides.

Jones said if it's given the all clear, his side will be ready to pounce.

"We are very keen to play that game and if it comes across we will be well prepared. We don't have any excuses," Jones said.

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