England turn up the volume

Date published: February 1 2015

England plan to use loudspeakers when training at Pennyhill Park this week to be prepared for the noise of the Millennium Stadium.

The purpose of surrounding the players with plenty of volume is to avoid any communication issues when they play in Cardiff in Friday under the Millennium’s closed roof.

Part of England’s 30-3 humbling from Wales in 2013 has been put down to the players’ problems with being able to hear each other during what the deafening atmosphere.

Eager to avoid the same mistake, England will practice using the loudspeakers this week.

“I think they’ll be getting speakers in there and putting it as loud as it can go,” Ford told the Telegraph.

“I think it’s important because communication in the game is vital. We’ve spoken about that already.

“I wasn’t there last time but it [the noise] was a big factor by all accounts. If you can’t hear each other it could potentially have a big impact.

“So we need to make sure we cover everything off in terms of that aspect.”

Henry Slade and Henry Thomas were added to England’s squad on Saturday after playing for the Saxons.