Scotland are now on 82.18 points, just two hundredths above Wales, whose own win over Ireland has taken them above South Africa, who drop to their seventh and their lowest position since the rankings were introduced in October 2003.
They were not even a shred of competitive on Saturday.
“People are very excited about the team that is coming”.
Here’s all you need to know to keep up with the Six Nations action online. I think Eddie and his coaching staff have pushed us massively to a goal that everyone laughed off at the end of the World Cup in 2015.
Jonathan Joseph’s hat-trick of tries helped a rampant England retain the Six Nations title with one match to spare. It was that cataclysmic.
Jones was handed the reigns after England’s disastrous world cup campaign under Stuart Lancaster and has since led his charges on a remarkable run of 18 wins from 18 as England pursue New Zealand in the world rankings.
“It was a painful experience and although I have huge confidence in this England team they must stay tight and focused this week”, Woodward wrote.
“And look at their five-eight situation, they have two world-class players [George Ford and Owen Farrell] and if they lose one they have another to step in”.
Scotland arrived in London bidding for the Triple Crown and with hopes of a first Twickenham win since 1983, but they were simply overpowered and outclassed, with Scotland captain John Barclay slamming his side as “useless”.
The first savage wound to Scotland was self-inflicted when their hooker Fraser Brown went to the sin bin in the second minute for a tip tackle on England wing Elliot Daly.
The peerless Owen Farrell, an injury doubt before the game, kicked 26 points as England chalked up their highest score and joint-biggest win in 146 years of the oldest fixture in global rugby to retain the title with a game to spare.
Dominic Morris and Jack Nay both scored tries in the 33-5 win at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton, while Max Malins, fresh from his stint in the first team, added four conversions.
Scotland, meanwhile, is the strongest it’s been in more than a decade.
The Bath centre said: “That’s what this England team’s capable of”.
They never gave up, some of the frantic defence in the last few minutes showing that there was plenty fight in them. “To beat a Scotland side that’s playing well, they should be proud of that”. In their crushing of Scotland, they showed how brilliant and ruthless they can be.
So how are the team lifted for Italy?
The result opens the door for England to win the championship on Saturday, but a shock result for Scotland will throw up a host of differing scenarios.