Rugby World Cup 2019: Eddie Jones pleased with England's progression during tournament

England coach Eddie Jones says his team are right where they need to be at the Rugby World Cup after his side's seven-try win over the USA on Thursday.

Jones made multiple changes to the starting side that beat Tonga 35-3 in their tournament opener, and while they did not fire on all cylinders against the Americans, they still claimed a 45-7 win. 

George Ford, Billy Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ruaridh McConnochie, Lewis Ludlam and a double from Joe Cokanasiga put England out of sight before the United States claimed a consolation score through Bryce Campbell. 

While England are in a good position in Pool C, there are tougher tests ahead, said Jones, with Argentina and France their final two group opponents.

"We're pleased where we are, after two games was have 10 points, conceded one try," said Jones.

"Can we play better? Yes, we know we can. And we'll need to play better in our next game."

After two games against lower-tier opposition, England will come up against a Pumas side fighting for survival after their opening defeat to France.

"We understand they are going to be playing for their lives," said Jones. "They are a proud, passionate rugby country, so what's going to be important is we match their passion.

"They are a difficult team to beat."

Jones also highlighted the improvements made by the lower-tier countries at the World Cup.

"You're seeing the tier two countries are much better physically prepared. We've played against Tonga and America now, and they've all got big physical packs, they're fitter than they ever have been, and it's a great thing for the World Cup," he said.

While the tier two countries have been loudly calling for more games against the elite teams, Jones said it was hard to satisfy their demands.

"The little brothers are never happy, they always want more," he said.

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