Rugby World Cup: England prop Joe Marler says Japan will be better than ‘claustrophobic’ home tournament

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By Chris Jones
BBC rugby union correspondent
England’s players and the Rugby World Cup in Japan revel in and will embrace much more ” states prop Joe Marler.
Hosts England didn’t achieve the 2015 quarter-finals following an”intense and claustrophobic” preparation period.
“Home World Cup, it was just entirely unique,” Marler, 29, said.
“When you look back at it, it was always bound to be pleasurable, due to the extreme strain of it”
England face Italy at Newcastle on Friday in their match.
Marler added to BBC Radio 5 Live:”You think it will be easier as you are in your home, but it was really harder.
“You’re in the same place, and there weren’t these experiences we can anticipate if we go away to Japan – a country with a great deal of different cultural matters to get away from the side of it”
Together with each player enjoying a compulsory rest following the normal season and England training in Italy, manager Eddie Jones has mixed up the training camps this summer, Concerning preparation.
“There are always going to be comparisons created [using 2015],” Marler continued.
“The most noticeable difference in the players’ standpoint is that the manner by which the camps are set up and the version from down-time; the additional days we have had in the home and out from camp have made it go a lot quicker.
“It has made a massive difference – but only time will tell. You can only [state for ] at November or December [following the World Cup], however, it feels good because it is and I’m in a location that is good and we’ve appreciated the set-up.
“One of the biggest problems I had with all the 2015 one was we had been stuck in [team resort ] Pennyhill Park for a good nine-week block plus it had been quite extreme and Very claustrophobic.”
Marler is one of the few England players to have visited Japan, and he believes that the squad will enjoy the unfamiliarity of the Far East.
“There will be things out there we can get our teeth in to turn from rugby, as it’ll be new to the majority of the squad,” he said.
“We can observe some sumo wrestling and bits and bobs such as that. I’m looking forward to it.”
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