Eddie Jones says his England players can turn their form around
By Greg Grimes
Last Updated: 12/03/18 3:12pm
England head coach Eddie Jones says he does not need to make major changes for their Six Nations match with Ireland.
A 22-16 loss to France in Paris allowed Ireland to seize the crown from England with a round to spare.
Having lost to Scotland and France, defeat to Ireland would mark England's worst Six Nations performance since 2006.
The England boss says he will stick with the players in his squad to turn around their form ahead of Saturday's match at Twickenham.
Jones said: "I don't [think we need personnel changes], I think we have the best players here. In 2015 the players were no good, in 2016 they were terrific, 2017 they were world beaters and now after two games they are no good again. They are good players and teams have ups and downs.
"We have a plan going forward. We think we know what we have to fix. We are basically getting on with it, the players' attitude has been fantastic, they have a real desire to turn things around.
"I am sure on Saturday we will put in a fantastic performance."
Ahead of the match, Ireland have overtaken Jones' side into second place in the latest world rankings.
England captain Dylan Hartley, who missed the defeat to France with a foot injury, could return to the side after returning to training.
Hartley trained on Monday morning but his fitness still needs to be assessed this week.
Jones added: "We will find out a bit more tomorrow [Tuesday]. He needs to run a bit faster tomorrow. We still don't know whether he will be available or not. If he is fit he will come straight back into the team."
Elliot Daly is a doubt for the match. He will have a scan on a foot injury with the Wasps wing currently wearing a protective boot.
Ireland can win their third Grand Slam if they beat England on Saturday.
Jones though will be hoping it's roles reversed from last year when England were beaten in their final game to deny them a perfect Six Nations campaign.