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Jones' rallying cry as England cast an eye ahead to 2019

 

By Robert Jones

England face a four-day turnaround and a two-hour flight between their opening games at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The schedule sees England begin their quest for a first World title since 2003 against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22.

They then face the United States 660 miles south of Sapporo on September 26 in Kobe, before a longer preparation period takes them into pivotal Pool C fixtures against Argentina in Tokyo on October 5 and then France a week later in Yokohama.

England head coach Eddie Jones said in a statement: "Rugby World Cup 2019 will be a brilliant experience for rugby supporters who travel to Japan. Our aim is to win Rugby World Cup 2019, and the support for the team will be an important factor.

"We hope to see as many England fans as possible getting behind us in Japan as we try to achieve our ultimate goal, while also enjoying the atmosphere."

Wales' potentially pivotal encounter against Australia is in Tokyo on September 29. They then meet Fiji in Oita on October 9, followed by the Americas 2 qualifier, possibly Canada, at Kumamoto Stadium four days later.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "It is good to have the full details announced as the excitement for the tournament continues to grow."

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