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

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From Chris Jones
BBC rugby union correspondent
England’s players and the Rugby World Cup in Japan enjoy and will embrace much more states prop Joe Marler.
Hosts England didn’t achieve the 2015 quarter-finals following an”extreme and claustrophobic” preparation period.
“Home World Cup, it was only completely unique,” Marler, 29, said.
“When you look back in 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 since you’re at home, but it was actually harder.
“You’re in precisely the identical area, and there were not these experiences we can anticipate if we go away to Japan – a nation with lots of different cultural things to break free from the rugby side of it.”
In terms of preparation, boss Eddie Jones has mixed up the coaching camps together with England instruction in northern Italy and every player enjoying a rest after the season.
“There are always going to be comparisons created [with 2015],” Marler continued.
“The most noticeable difference from a players’ point of view is that the means by which the camps are set up and the version at down-time; the additional times we’ve had in the home and out from camp have left it go a lot faster.
“It has made a massive difference – but only time will tell. You can only [say for certain ] in November or even December [following the World Cup], but it feels great as it is and I am in a fantastic place and we’ve enjoyed the setup.
“Among the biggest problems I had with an 2015 one was we were stuck into [team resort ] Pennyhill Park for a Fantastic nine-week block plus it was quite extreme and Very claustrophobic.”
Marler is among the few England players to have seen Japan, and he believes the squad will revel in the unfamiliarity of the Far East.
“There’ll be stuff on the market we can get our teeth into to turn off from rugby, since it will be new to the majority of the squad,” he further added.
“We can watch some sumo wrestling along with bits and bobs such as that. I am looking forward for this .”
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