England’s Eddie Jones uses local nous to try to beat World Cup travel sickness

• Team’s first two games are almost 1,000 miles apart
• Head coach concerned over condition of Lions players

Japan will not be welcoming the rugby world for another two years but the release of the 2019 match schedule highlights the unfamiliar challenge on the horizon. According to the much-travelled Eddie Jones this World Cup will differ from its predecessors and England’s head coach hopes his extensive local knowledge will assist his squad in the tournament.

Having lived and coached in Japan, Jones is well aware of the logistical issues prompted by England having to play their first two pool fixtures inside five days at venues almost 1,000 miles apart. Switching from Sapporo in the northern island of Hokkaido, where England kick off against Tonga on 22 September, to the southerly city of Kobe for the game against the United States, will be awkward preparation-wise and Jones has an alternative plan.

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