‘Severe storm not a problem’ – Jones

Date published: June 4 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones has played down the impact a storm in Brisbane has had on their preparations since arriving in the country.

The team hotel was hit by the “severe weather event” that saw over ten inches of rain fall, some of which has been leaking into the lobby.

Jones said the English managed to have an indoors session on Saturday, ahead of the first Test against Australia on Saturday, June 11.

“It has been great recovery work, so we are quite happy with it,” he revealed. “We can’t control it so we just put up with it. We always came here for the first week to look to recover and get everyone fresh and mentally right, so we’ve been able to do that. It is not a problem.

“We had a swim on the first day and nearly lost a couple out on the rift. Hopefully we’ll get back in the water tomorrow. We’re recovering from the long trip and some players played in the (Premiership) final, so we always looked at this week as recovery so it’s gone to plan.”

He added, however, that he has been forced to limit the amount of work the Saracens players take part in: “The Saracens boys have all been keen to train. We have held them back and haven’t allowed them to train. They have been requesting to train, which is always a good sign.

“We trained this morning and had a good workout. Tomorrow is a recovery day before training on Monday. We’re all good to go – no excuses.”

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