A training camp in Portugal has been canceled amid doubts over planned moves to Austria and Treviso.
By Duncan Bech, PA England Rugby correspondent
Steve Borthwick has signaled a significant change in direction from the Eddie Jones era by ditching overseas travel in favor of transplanting his England team back home.
England were due to begin preparations for their opening Six Nations match against Scotland on February 4 at a training camp in Portugal next week which was hosted by Jones.
But, along with a week-long trip to France, it has been canceled amid doubts about trips to Austria and Treviso intended as part of the squad’s preparation for the World Cup.
Jones viewed overseas training camps as an opportunity to strengthen team bonds, most recently introducing the Japanese ritual of misogi designed to bring the team together through a series of grueling physical challenges.
However, that had little impact on the pitch, as a dire 2022 saw Jones sacked and replaced by Borthwick, who favors hard work over travel.
“I changed the Six Nations plans. The plan was to be away a few times in the Six Nations, but we’re going to be in England,” Borthwick said.
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” We are going to work. I’m not saying anything about previous plans, but I’m saying we need to get on the training ground and start building relationships. We have to start building how we are going to play and build the team we want.
“I keep things pretty simple. I like a tight group of people around the team and making plans for the team that are as simple as possible to give the players the best chance to bring their strengths to the pitch.
“We will come to camp and start training immediately to build this team.”