England have set up the Autumn internationals to replicate World Cup schedule

Eddie Jones will attempt to replicate England’s World Cup schedule by having his squad fly back from Portugal just 48 hours before the first autumn international at Twickenham.

The England squad will train in the Algarve for a week, returning to London on the Thursday before facing South Africa on Saturday, 3 November.

They usually spend the week of their home Tests at their base in Surrey, but the Aussie head coach wants his side to match the travel conditions in Japan next year.

England’s first two matches of the World Cup – against Tonga and the USA in September 2019 – take place four days apart in Sapporo and Kobe, a distance of 1,000km – needing a two-hour flight.

They then have a nine-day break before their third game against Argentina in Tokyo, before the group finale with France in Yokohama a week later.

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