England manager Eddie Jones is hoping to prepare his players for their tough World Cup travel schedule by copying it for their autumn international matches, according to a report on BBC Sport.
The squad will fly back from Portugal just 48 hours before their autumn international match with South Africa at Twickenham on 3rd November.
Usually, the team returns home a week before the match and continue their preparations at the training base in Surrey, but Jones wants the players to experience what the hectic travel schedule will feel like during next year’s World Cup.
England’s first two matches at the World Cup in Japan take place within four days, with a two-hour flight required to reach their second venue and Jones doesn’t want his players taken aback by the travelling.
England have only won three out of nine matches in 2018 and Jones will be hoping that they can turn their form around in the autumn internationals.
Along with South Africa, Jones’ men will play against New Zealand, Japan and Australia to prepare for the World Cup.