Eddie Jones: England players must start World Cup fitness work now

• Head coach will look for outside consultation in conditioning his squad
• ‘It’s working with players so they understand changes they have to make’

Eddie Jones is calling in outside help to ensure his players are fully conditioned for the 2019 World Cup in Japan with Dave Reddin, a member of the management team when England won the tournament in 2003, among those who will be consulted.

Jones is halfway through his contract as England’s head coach and, after a run of 19 victories in his first 20 Tests he said the players would experience radical changes in training because he did not believe they were fit enough to win the World Cup. “It is about working individually with the players so they understand the changes they have to make,” said Jones.

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