Rugby World Cup 2019: 'We've not played our best' - Eddie Jones warns All Blacks

England coach Eddie Jones has warned New Zealand that the best is still to come from his side before their Rugby World Cup semi-final showdown next weekend. 

After England and the All Blacks dispatched Australia and Ireland respectively, the two teams will square off at Yokohama's International Stadium for a spot in the World Cup final. 

England's 40-16 win over the Wallabies was their biggest ever in a knockout match at the World Cup, as they reached the final four for the first time since 2007, when they went on to lose the final to South Africa. 

To reach the decider for the third time, they will have to beat New Zealand, who haven't lost at a World Cup since 2007 and are the two-time defending champions. 

Last time the two teams met, the All Blacks came away with a scrappy 16-15 win, but the two nations last met at a World Cup in 1995, when Jonah Lomu ran riot, scoring four tries in 45-29 semi-final win. 

But Jones isn't phased by history and is optimistic his team can defy the odds, confessing a "soft spot for New Zealand". 

"We just want to keep challenging ourselves," he said. "We haven't played our best yet and the challenge for us is how do we get better next week.

"How do we get better individually as a player, how do we get better as a team and these World Cups - that's what it's all about.

"You go from a quarter-final to a semi-final, and the semi-finals are always probably the toughest game of the tournament, because you've got two teams desperate to make the final. 

"Everyone empties the tank and you've got to find a way in the week's preparation to get a little bit better, so our challenge this week - as a playing squad and coaching squad - is how do we find ways to get better?

Rugby World Cup 2019: 'We've not played our best' - Eddie Jones warns All Blacks

"We've already decided we'll have a bit of a rest early in the week and then start training a little bit later."

After the All Blacks' 46-14 win over Ireland, coach Steve Hansen wasn't too interested in discussing their next match. 

"I'm looking forward to playing them too, but I don't think tonight is the right time for us to be talking about them," he said. 

"We've got a formula. Test matches are hard work, so now we are going to step off the merry-go-round and relax. 

"Enjoy our moment, because that was a very special test match. We will enjoy our moment, the fans and the players.

"We won't think about England until tomorrow."

Meanwhile, Jones added that he felt no sympathy for his native Australia after their comprehensive loss. 

Jones previously coached Australia, taking them to the 2003 World Cup final, where they lost to England, but he had little compassion for the green-and-gold this time, 

"It's tough when you lose a game, particularly at this level of the World Cup," said Jones.

"At this moment, not a lot of sympathy, no, because I'm enjoying the win and I think I'm allowed to enjoy the win.

"Maybe later in the week I will have."

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