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Eddie Jones loses battle over England’s schedule at the World Cup in Japan

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After such a disappointing Six Nations campaign, Eddie Jones is a man under pressure.

The Australian already has one eye on the World Cup in Japan next year, a tournament where England are expected to be among the favourites, with no time being wasted in preparing for the trip to Asia.

However, he has already seen one of his plans scrapped.

Jones had wanted to have his team predominantly based in one city and with idea being they would fly out to each venue to play their games. But the tournament organisers have forced him to have a rethink.

According to The Sun, the Red Roses have been told they will need to spend the full week in host cities before each match.

Jones hoped to replicate the same method he has adopted for June’s three-Test of South Africa, basing themselves in Durban and then jetting out a couple of days before each match in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town, but it is not to be.

After learning in November that they would be facing Tonga in the group stage in Sapporo, the England coach was quick to distance himself and the team from spending too much time in the city.

Jones said: “Sapporo is a bit different. It's not a rugby city and in the middle of nowhere. We won’t be spending too much time there. There aren’t too many fish and chip shops up there!

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“When Japan come to England, you do whatever you’re told to do. South Africa in France; we controlled a lot of it and obviously Australia in Australia, we were able to control everything.

“Japan is going to be fairly unique, so I think they have to be quite flexible in the way you are allowed to set up as a team there.

“We will be asking if we can possibly stay in the same city and fly out from that city to the various grounds. That is something we’re having a look at.”

However, that will not be possible now.

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England’s final group games will be against USA, Argentina and France in Kobe, Tokyo and Yokohama, with their pre-tournament training camp set up in Miyazaki.

Shortly after the revelation of the news yesterday, the 58-year-old asserted his pleasure with the facilities available in Asia and insisted he did not expect any problems.

He added: “We are very happy with the standard of the training venues allocated for the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and excited to start in Sapporo and finish the pool in Yokohama.

“We can look forward to using great training facilities and enjoying the Japanese culture in those cities.”

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