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  • Englands fortunes have been transformed under coach Eddie Jones. Jordan Mills Jersey . Jefferson Lake looks at the Australians methods. The England squads training session on the final Thursday before the traditional autumn internationals was set for 32 minutes. Not half an hour. Not even 35 minutes, but 32.The word around Pennyhill Park, the luxurious Bagshot hotel which has been home to international training since 2003, is that such things are done to keep the players on their toes. They are, according to those around the squad, textbook Eddie Jones. England vs South Africa November 12, 2016, 2:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Whatever his methods or his reasons behind them, they are certainly working. Teams dont win nine successive games by accident, and the fact such a sequence has come after a dreadful World Cup at which the host nation was eliminated at the group stage makes it one all the more remarkable.So what has Jones done to turn a group of players which underachieved on a grand - and dire - scale to one about to bid for a perfect 10 against South Africa?A key difference regularly quoted is that the players are now more physical, that there has been an increase in intensity on the paddock which has been replicated in the Test match arena. Such intensity has also been increased by the added time the group has spent together, with the Bagshot practices being preceded by similar workouts in Brighton and Portugal.But those methods have not been without criticism, and never more so than when key players were injured as a result of them. Anthony Watson fractured his jaw during the south coast jaunt but there was worse news a day earlier when Wasps flanker Sam Jones broke his leg during a judo session. We profile Springboks lock Eben Eztebeth, hear from Tendai The Beast Mtawarira, and Jonny Wilkinson on the unique challenge of the Springboks The issue of physicality is front and centre as plans are made for the visit of South Africa to Twickenham, but it is one of which Jones is largely dismissive as an inherent ingredient of the sport.If you dont want it to be physical, you should play volleyball, is his assessment when the issue arises.I think its amusing when people talk about certain teams being more physical than others. You have to be physical - thats the game.That said, he does accept there is more of an abrasive edge to the Springboks than exists with other Test teams.A recent newspaper report stated that giant lock Eben Etzebeth can bench press 175kg - or to put it another way, the weight of an adult panda - and arm curl a 75kg dumbbell, which equates to 10kg less than the weight of George Ford. Jones is plotting Englands first victory over South Africa since 2006 The general rule there is that if youre a lock and youre not 66, youre shot and youre out the door, Jones told Sky Sports News HQ.They always pick the biggest blokes they can find and we know theyre going to do that, its something were fully aware of.But there are ways to get at South Africa and well be smart enough to work out how to get at them. Because of their overt physicality, I think they will give us opportunities in the game.With that in mind, Tom Wood has been selected at openside flanker after an international exile period of more than a year.The Northampton man was one of several who paid the price for the poor World Cup campaign but accepted Jones assertion that he was not producing good enough rugby to be considered for selection at that point. Tom Wood says hes determined to take the opportunity to impress His return to form and thus to the squad proves that Jones does not hold grudges, and his captain and club-mate Dylan Hartley was pleased to see him back in the fold.Hes been out in the wilderness, said Hartley, whose Movember moustache and close-cropped hair is not a patch on Woods full beard and flowing locks. And he looks like hes literally been living out in the wilderness.Hes a top bloke. He has worked hard and taken the feedback from Eddie on board. Its great to have him back.Woods first task on Saturday will be, in Jones own words, to make as big a mess as possible of South Africas first breakdown as England prepare themselves for a pack battle in the forecast Twickenham rain.They have not beaten the Springboks since 2006 - a barren run which spans 12 Test matches - but with a Grand Slam and that historic summer tour victory in Australia under their belts, England are well placed to end that sequence. We look at Jones perfect start to his England career Weve been together for a long time and weve been building towards this game for a long time, said Hartley. We prepare at Test-level intensity and we have worked hard for this game.Were excited. Weve been meeting up a lot recently and all of our talk has been about this game. I think the past week weve had has been one of our best weeks as a squad.Hartley, and Jones, will be hoping that practice-ground preparation translates to on-pitch precision as they bid for a perfect 10 wins in a row.Watch England v South Africa on Saturday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD at 2pm. Also See: England v South Africa: Great games Elliot Daly starts for England Corbisiero predicts clean sweep Strauss shrugs off Jones jibes Nick OLeary Jersey . The 7-foot-1 Hawes, who is in the final year of his contract, is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds, both career highs, and shoots 40 per cent from 3-point range. The 25-year-old Hawes is in his seventh NBA season. Richie Incognito Jersey . Torres scored the first goal by an English team in the knockout phase of the Champions League this season when he met Cezar Azpilicuetas cutback in the ninth minute of their first leg match in the last 16. But Chelsea failed to make the most of its counterattacks and the Turkish champions equalized in the second half after gaining in confidence and cutting out their defensive mistakes.SAN FRANCISCO - Nationals manager Matt Williams has thought long and hard about his decision to remove Jordan Zimmermann with two outs in the ninth and go to closer Drew Storen, and he stands by it a day later.Williams had extra innings after his ejection to ponder the move Saturday night, then a cross-country flight.He says he would do it again, even if theres some agony involved given Storen blew the save chance and Washington lost to San Francisco 2-1 in 18 innings, putting the Nationals in an 0-2 hole in the NL Division Series.The best-of-five matchup shifts to San Francisco for Game 3 Monday afternoon as Washington tries to save its season.I kicked myself on that. Thats human nature, Williams said Sunday. You kick yourself any time it doesnt work. However, you have to put your guys in position to do their jobs and what they do. So that being said, I dont have a problem with it. It didnt work out. But weve got our best guy who is the closer coming in to pick up the guy that just gave us all he had for 8 2-3rds.Now, could you say that it was the wrong move? Of course you can. You could say that. Could you say it was the right move? Yes, you could say that, as well. It didnt work out. That being said, its, yeah, I kick myself for bringing Drew in and having him tie the game. Beyond that, we had nine more innings to win it. So thats how I look at it.The 96-win Nationals have relied on Storen to finish gaames since he became the regular closer in September when Williams went to a closer-by-committee system and demoted struggling Rafael Soriano. Buffalo Bills Jerseys. Storen had 11 saves and a 1.12 ERA in 65 games and 56 1-3 innings, and hadnt allowed an earned run in 23 appearances since Aug. 5.Williams pulled Zimmermann after a two-out walk to Joe Panik. At that point, Zimmermann was pitching a three-hitter and had a 1-0 lead.Buster Posey greeted Storen with a single and Pablo Sandoval followed with an RBI double. It was Storens first post-season appearances since he failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in the deciding Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS.Its all good. Another day. Its nothing new, really. Its just kind of part of it, Storen said Sunday. Its the same stuff weve dealt with all year. Its just a different piece of adversity, and its about coming back and playing our game.Its obviously not ideal to be down 2-0, but we havent lost hope and we know that we can come back and can do this. It just takes one inning, it takes one little thing. Thats the fun thing about playoff baseball, he said.Williams understands the questions surrounding his move, considering the Nationals are now playing to save their season on the road rather than looking to take the lead in the division series.Yeah, could it have been over if one of those two guys makes an out? Yeah, it would have been over, he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '