England head coach Eddie Jones has been talking about the impressive facilities at Miyazaki as he and his backroom staff continue their recce ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Jones and his staff have spent the past two days in Miyazaki and he says the area has a “winning feel” to it.
They will visit Tokyo, Yokohama, Miyazaki and Kobe while in Japan looking at various venues ahead of the tournament.
“It’s a great training venue, a short walk from the hotel, so it’s a perfect training situation,” said Jones.
“The weather here is hot – perfect preparation for the World Cup so we’ll look in Japan to see where the best training facility is. I’ve obviously had experience of it, so has Steve Borthwick (former Japan assistant coach) so we think this could be a very good training venue for us.”
England will face Argentina, France, United States and Tonga in the pool stages of the competition and Jones added: “We’re possibly looking to come here to Miyazaki for that pre World Cup period where we’re putting the finishing touches on the team.
“We have other alternatives, there are alternatives in Europe and we’re looking at other places within Japan but certainly Miyazaki is a strong candidate. The great thing about Miyazaki for me is that it has a winning feel about it.
“The hotel is excellent, they have done some great renovations here, the training ground just needs the quality of grass to be improved and then we’d just have to set up the gym.
“Having spent so much time here I have a pretty good understanding of how it would operate so we know it can operate really well and it is just a matter of making a final decision now.”
Jones, Borthwick, as well as strength and conditioning coach Dean Benton, also put local school kids through their paces today and the former Japan head coach says it is important for his staff to integrate themselves with the locals.
“When you are coaching young kids you always want to teach them the fundamentals of the game,” said Jones.
“If we decide to come back to Miyazaki for a camp it’s important we have a strong relationship with the community and a good way to give back to them is by giving the children of the area some training.”