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Jones ready for 'special' World Cup experience

21st September 2019, 20:06 by Neil Foster

Coach Eddie Jones admits he is looking forward to the start of an "emotional" and "special" World Cup for England.

The Red Rose were World Cup winners in 2003 as Jonny Wilkinson slotted over a drop goal in added time while they also made the final in 2007.

However, the past two editions have been nothing short of woeful for the men in white, culminating in them not even making the quarter-finals four years ago.

Hopes are high that it will be a different story in Japan this time around as Jones has a talented and hungry group of players at his disposal.

They begin their campaign against Tonga on Sunday and the coach confessed that he feels the weight of expectation of a nation on his shoulders.

"World Cups are always emotional. You get to do something that is pretty special," he said. "To coach a nation and to be responsible for a nation at a World Cup, where you know it's not just rugby fans watching.

"Families watch World Cups, that's the difference. It becomes an event for the country, rather than an event for rugby followers.

"It becomes an event for this country here. To be involved in that is a real honour."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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