England players are going to be prevented from socialising away from their team hotel during this autumn campaign, this is in the bid to prevent a Covid outbreak. However, Eddie Jones is preparing for the likelihood of protocols being breached.
The national coach took on a provisional training squad into camp at The Lensbury in Teddington. On Tuesday they were sent a message about the need to be responsible with their behaviour and remain positive amid the pandemic.
England are set to face 6 matches, including 5 tests, from October 25th until December 5th. Jones has outlined the measures which would be taken to remain a virus free ‘bubble’.
He said “you have to have agreement about life in the bubble, which we will do today. We should be so grateful for this opportunity. I’m so excited to be coaching England again and I expect the players to have a smile on their face when they come in.
They will understand their responsibilities but, like every other young man around the world at the moment, they have discipline issues. We want to minimise those discipline issues, but I can’t guarantee that they won’t happen. As young men, we all make mistakes. When you are in your 20s and 30s you make mistakes. None of us are exempt.”
Jones has revealed that an RFU sponsor has helped with preparations by creating a ‘state-of-the-art games lounge’ for the England squad at the hotel. This is to prevent cabin fever, Jones has said “the staff have done a fantastic job setting up the Lensbury”.