Strap yourselves in, this World Cup rollercoaster is about to start, writes Sky Sports News’ Gail Davis.
That’s Eddie Jones’ message to his players on the eve of the tournament. This will be Jones’ fourth World Cup so he understands the highs, the lows, the moments when you are screaming to get off but also the elation that comes with getting it right. After almost four years in the planning, he feels his side are well equipped to handle it.
Eddie Jones believes he has selected his best possible team to face Tonga after naming his side for England’s Rugby World Cup opener on Sunday
The same can be said of all the players especially after training at the Sapporo Dome for the first time, it is an incredible backdrop for their opener. Jones said his squad could not believe how impressive it was – Jonny May was desperate to get out there and test the surface. He has been fascinated by how they store the pitch outside then move it in, turn it around and give it five days to acclimatise.
It served England’s footballers well in 2002 World Cup, David Beckham with the winning penalty against Argentina. For those of the squad that do not remember the original tactics boards complete with the team formations, match shirts and the match ball serve as a reminder as you wander through to the dressing rooms.