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There has been a load of noise this week about this World Cup semi-final, but I just hope England have been able to step away from all that and go into their match bubble.
England players need to be totally focused – more so than for any other match in their careers. Because if you lose concentration, if you lose the plot, for just a minute or two against New Zealand, the game can be over.
The margin for error against New Zealand is smaller than against any other team.
England need to maintain their focus if they are to beat New Zealand in World Cup semi-final
Eddie Jones and his side complete their captain’s run in wet conditions in Tokyo
Eddie Jones, the England head coach, has been in very good form at his press conferences, and although he has had plenty to say, I wouldn’t classify any of it as controversial or inflammatory. It’s all been good-natured, pithy and mildly entertaining.
It also serves a purpose. While Eddie takes centre stage on the top table most days, it takes most of the players out of the firing line so they can get on with their job of preparing.
I enjoyed the moment when he asked the gathered media to put their hands up if they thought England would win. By his own calculation, he saw three hands out of a hundred go up timidly.
When asked if they backed England, only three journalists of around 100 raised their hands
Well, make that four, Eddie, except my hand goes straight up with conviction. England to win,
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