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Date TimeSeptember 21, 2019
VoiceEngland’s captain remains firmly stoic but he is desperate to spark Rugby World Cup mania back home with victory against TongaThere is all sorts of trouble to be had in Susukino if you know what you’re looking for and more if you’re not sure. Sapporo’s notorious entertainment district is a block of 20-storey tower blocks, neon from the pavement up: restaurants, bars, gaming parlours, cinemas, salons and love hotels, heaving with off-duty office workers and, for this weekend at least, several thousand English and Australian rugby fans. The England team are staying 10 blocks away, just the other side of the river. They haven’t been any further than the local cafe. “We just tend to find the best coffee shops if we can,” said Owen Farrell. But the atmosphere was crackling in their hotel.
Owen Farrell: ‘I try to take the emotion out of it – you want to be in control’
England are, as Eddie Jones says, about to go over the top of a rollercoaster they have been riding ever since they arrived at their training camp 10 weeks or so ago. You could see it in Jones, who seemed so wired he was almost vibrating with nervous energy, and hear it in George Ford:“It’s through the roof, we can’t wait to get out there,” and Courtney Lawes: “I am very, very excited.” They were grinning like kids who have burst into their parents’ bedroom on Christmas morning.

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