England head coach Eddie Jones is aiming to make the next two years very "uncomfortable" for his players leading up to the World Cup in Japan.
Since taking charge of the national rugby union side two years ago, replacing Stuart Lancaster in the post at Twickenham following a disastrous World Cup campaign on home soil, Jones has turned the fortunes of English rugby around.
The 57-year-old Australian has won 19 out of his 20 Test matches, delivered two Six Nations titles, including a Grand Slam in 2016, as well as unbeaten tours of both Australia and Argentina.
However, in the lead up to the World Cup in the Far East, Jones wants to give his players a tough time of it.
Jones is looking to shake things up from now until the tournament kicks-off, as England look to topple New Zealand, and in turn, become the best rugby union side in the world.
“We’ve got some information on other teams that indicates there’s a gap of about 20 per cent in certain areas and that’s what we’ve got to breach,” said Jones.
“We’ve had two good years and have a solid squad, solid style of play and solid credits in the bank, it’s time now to start developing the depth and adaptability of the team. We need to make the team more uncomfortable, not have everything nice and rosy. Have a bit of chaos in the camp.
“We want the players to be uncomfortable for the next two years so that when they get to the World Cup they think, ‘goodness me we’ve made it’ and they’re prepared for anything.
“They’re prepared for North Korea to fire a missile, an earthquake, bad sushi, bad refereeing – it doesn’t matter what happens. They will be ready for it.”
Taking the team outside of their comfort zone is also high upon Jones' agenda, which he feels will push them to the limit.
“What they’ve done post the Lions has been so clever. They’ve deliberately put themselves under pressure in games to equip themselves better for the World Cup,” he added.
“I think they are really testing the waters at the moment and deliberately playing the game in a way which tests their players, to see where they’re at and see how much they can push them."
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