The rain that sluiced down as England departed Portugal on Thursday could do nothing to dampen spirits as Eddie Jones declared his team were primed to defy the doubters and do the nation proud in their opening Guinness Six Nations game in Dublin on Saturday.
Ratcheting up the mind games, the coach claimed that expectation could weigh down Ireland, last year’s Grand Slam winners, saying that “praise can make you weak”.
Jones has selected a team replete with “street fighters”, such as Jack Nowell who edges one of the wing slots ahead of Chris Ashton. “When you go to Dublin, it is not going to be a nice game, it is going to be chaotic,” Jones said.
Jones dismissed the notion that he was deliberately…