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Jones believes England in best condition for Springbok test


Speaking to the english media, England coach Eddie Jone believes his players are in the best condition since he took charge of the team.

England are currently in Portugal with a training camp to prepare for the upcoming test against the Springboks this weekend at Twickenham.

Jones selected eight uncapped players in his 36-man training squad which will also face New Zealand, Japan and Australia this November.

“We’ve lost 320 caps but we’re still going to put together a very good team,” said Jones.

We’ve got a number of players coming back that we haven’t seen in a long time like Ben Te’o and Manu Tuilagi – they bring a different dimension to the team.

“Our players are also in the best condition I’ve seen them in the three years I’ve been here at this stage, I haven’t seen them look fitter or leaner with a better body composition, mentally they’re good – they’re in a really good spot.

“I think the World Cup sharpens your focus. Without the Lions tour it allows you to have the rest and recovery and I think the clubs are doing a great job of looking after them.”

This will be the forth time England face South Africa in a row after the 2-1 series defeat in June this year.

The Springboks have since the England tour in South Africa grown as a team and also manage to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand.

“They’ve been together since June so they’re a well organised team,” added Jones.

“They know how to win big games of rugby and they’ve gone back to their roots of the game.

“They beat the All Blacks, and should have beaten them twice, through their very good driving forwards, the ability to shift the ball quickly and their defence has been the best in the Rugby Championship – we’re expecting them to be at their best.”

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