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TOKYO (AP) — England’s players only began thinking about their Rugby World Cup semifinal match against New Zealand when the final whistle sounded on the defending champions’ win over Ireland on Saturday night.
For Eddie Jones, the planning began 2½ years ago.
The England coach figured after the pool-stage draw at Kyoto’s State Guest House in May 2017 that his team would come across the All Blacks at this stage of the competition.
It has made the last few days fairly straightforward for Jones.
“We’ve trained a little bit less, done a little bit less tactically,” Jones said Thursday. “For 2½ years we have been building up a game to play New Zealand, so we don’t have to bring a lot of new stuff into our game this week.
“There’s a certain sort of game you have to have to play against New Zealand, and certainly we have tried to incorporate that into our tactical armory. We were confident enough to think we’d mak
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