Eddie Jones has made no bones about his huge desire to dethrone Ireland in this year's Six Nations, admitting he's picked his squad specifically to take down the reigning Grand Slam champions.

Joe Schmidt's men open their tournament at the Aviva Stadium against the old enemy in just over two weeks.

They clinched the Slam at Twickenham in 2018 thanks to a brilliant 24-15 victory and their stock has soared even higher since.

The autumn slaying of the All Blacks has seen Ireland's reputation - and expectations with it - go through the roof. They are the team to beat, and England coach Jones is desperate to take them down.

"We specifically want to beat Ireland," he said.

"The squad we have here is just a squad to play against Ireland - it is not a Six Nations squad. It is a squad to play against Ireland.

"They are a good team and deserve all the praise they’ve been getting. They have a number of exceptional players in their team, a very methodical game plan that maximises the strength of their team.

"We need players at their absolute best, chomping at the bit and for that they need to be hungry. I’ve got a pretty good idea of my best 15."

Jones has something to prove this spring after a dreadful Six Nations last year. A good autumn, which saw the Red Rose beat South Africa and Australia, and run New Zealand mighty close, has lifted morale. Now they'll look to plunder the spoils in Dublin.

"English rugby is based on a strong tradition of being organised, and that means the set piece and defence in rugby," Jones added. 

"That’s what we are good at and we then develop the ability that when we create opportunities we score points.

"The game is about contest at the moment, that’s where it is in the cycle at the moment: scrum, lineout, kick-off and breakdown. We have made some substantial improvements around the breakdown since the last Six Nations."