England game must be momentum builder - Earls

Keith Earls says that Ireland's Six Nations opener against England will be a "brutal" encounter and it is crucial England do not catch them off guard.

Irish wing Earls believes England's recent run of form isn't a true reflection of the team and believes Eddie Jones' outfit pose a dangerous threat.

Ireland are aiming for back-to-back Grand Slam titles, with Joe Schmidt's side also keeping one eye on the World Cup in the autumn.

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