England coach Eddie Jones is not the least bit concerned that his team haven’t been tested in topping Rugby World Cup Pool C.
A Rugby World Cup edition of Le Crunch was called off due to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis leaving England at the summit of their group.
Typhoon gives England dream Rugby World Cup schedule
The cancellation has also afforded England extra time to get ready for their quarterfinal against a familiar Rugby World Cup opponent, Australia.
Jones feels that circumstances have played right into England’s hands. The Roses will play the first quarterfinal on 19 October and would have had just a week between matches had the France Test gone ahead, instead, they enjoy a two-week break.
“We are not concerned at all, we are excited,” Jones said when asked about the disruption to England’s Rugby World Cup schedule.
“Who would have thought we would have two relatively easy games, one tough game and then two weeks to prepare for a quarter-final? Someone is smiling on us. The typhoon gods maybe.”
The England squad returned to their base in Miyazaki this week to continue training when asked about the move Jones delivered one of his famous wise-cracks, claiming the move was motivated by Billy Vunipola’s love of beef.
“We love Miyazaki beef. We have 80kg of a special consignment coming Saturday night. Billy (Vunipola) is allowed his beef again,” Jones joked.
Jones inspired by Fiji
Jones took in Wales narrow victory over Fiji which has almost guaranteed that the Roses will avoid the Six Nations Champions unless they meet in the Rugby World Cup final.
The Australian coach thoroughly enjoyed the match and would wax lyrical on Semi Radradra’s Player of the Match performance in a losing effort for Fiji.
Jones also said that England would be looking to empty the tank as they prepare to face Jones’ home country in a rematch of the 1995 quarterfinal, when a Rob Andrew drop goal sunk the defending champions at Newlands.
“What a fantastic game of rugby last night (Wednesday), Fiji-Wales, and what a player that Semi Radradra is.
“Just to be at the World Cup is a humbling experience to see him play with such, power, pace and guile.
“He said at the end of the game that he wanted to empty the tank for the country, and our players have the opportunity now to build the tank up and empty it on Saturday week against whoever we play. It was one of the best displays I have seen and I am talking as a fan.”