Eddie Jones’ England to prepare for World Cup in heat of Italy

• Treviso training base to replicate conditions in Japan
• ‘We have to get used to heat physically, mentally and skill-wise’

England will break new ground in their bid to win the Rugby World Cup by heading to Italy next year for two training camps in intense summer heat. Eddie Jones’s squad are in Portugal for a prolonged warm-weather workout before the autumn Tests next month and those who do not like it hot can expect a torrid 12 months.

Jones, who has extensive experience of coaching in Japan, is determined to prepare his players for the climatic extremes awaiting them in Japan and has already put them through their paces in artificially enhanced temperatures at their regular base in Bagshot. Next summer they will be exposed to the real thing when they make two visits to Treviso in northern Italy, where the July weather is reliably hot and humid.

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