England are just one week out from their opening Autumn international fixture as they take on Argentina at Twickenham.
The Red Rose will be expected to win of course, especially when you consider they beat the Argentines twice during the summer without some of their top players who were with the British and Irish Lions.
Every game over the next two years will act as preparation for Eddie Jones’ aim of lifting the Web Ellis trophy in 2019. Everything from defensive systems, attacking game plans and increasing squad depth will be at the forefront of Jones’ mind and actions for the next 24 months.
Another aspect which he needs to work on, which the 57-year-old admits himself, is increasing the fitness levels of his England squad. Jones believes his England players are currently not fit enough to win the World Cup in 2019 but he hopes to change this by the time the competition comes around.
“They’re not fit enough to win the World Cup, and we want to win the World Cup,” Jones told The Telegraph.
“You don’t have to be fit enough now to win the World Cup, you have to be fit enough to win the World Cup at 19:59 on November 2, 2019. We’ve got some great plans in place to fix that.”
A lot of the fitness work will be aimed towards England’s forwards, especially the tight-five who need to adapt to the ever-changing and evolving pace of the game. England forwards are today involved in a training session with their Welsh counterparts at Clifton College and this looks to be the beginning of the hard work.
International rugby training at Clifton College. Wales in the foreground and England in the distance. pic.twitter.com/W0M756RfQw
— Anthony Ward (@Anth0ny_Ward) November 6, 2017
Jones has also enlisted a number of special, outside coaches to help prepare his players including former MMA fighter, Dean Amasinger, who is an expert in nutrition and strength & conditioning.
Jones has no problem bringing in outside help if it will benefit his team.
“We’re always looking for advice from outside because there’s always smarter people than us, and we’re not afraid to get smarter people to come in and tell us we’re dumb,” Jones said.
England get their November campaign underway on Saturday against Argentina at 3 pm on Saturday at Twickenham.