Eddie Jones slams criticism of England as RAT POISON in bizarre rant ahead of Ireland clash in Six Nations

EDDIE JONES blasted criticism of England as RAT POISON during a bizarre rant defending his failing Elliot Daly vanity project.

Under-fire boss Jones bowed to pressure and picked the out-of-from back in his preferred outside-centre spot for the first time in FIVE years – with Max Malins at full-back.

After the stunning victory over France, England must win in Dublin to avoid finishing fifth and equalling their worst Six Nations finish in 2018, also under Jones.

Bidding to stop England being over-hyped after one decent game all Championship, the irritated Aussie turned on his critics when quizzed on Daly's return to centre.

When questioned about Daly's confidence slump, Jones fired back: "I don't think there is such a thing as confidence.

"You think rightly, or you think wrongly and the wrong time is when you start to listen to the poison, that rat poison gets into players' heads.

"We try to spray all that rat poison and get it out of their heads. We are always working hard to keep it out of their heads.

"It keeps me busy, mate."

Oddly, Jones has finally admitted that Daly had been poor, too.

He said: "His form wasn't very good at the start of the tournament, was it?

"We had a number of players like that, he wasn't the only one. All those players have had to dig deep."

Not only have fans, pundits and ex-pros laid into England's terrible title defence, but Jones' players have been in agreement.

Billy Vunipola said he was playing rubbish and "like a coward" at No8.

Captain Owen Farrell agreed his form at inside centre yo-yoed.

But Jones reckons Daly, 28, can play himself back into form against Ireland tomorrow.

He said: "Some players need a little bit of a nudge to get them in the right direction.

"We're really pleased that he is coming back to his best."

Jones also defended naming Wasps centre Paolo Odogwu, 24, in his 28-man squad and then not picking him all campaign as he drafted in Harlequins' Joe Marchant, also 24, for a place on the bench in Dublin after Henry Slade was ruled out.

He said: "Some players need a period of adaptation."

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