England's preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup are already beginning to take shape with coach Eddie Jones taking a number of his backroom staff on a recce to Japan.
Jones spoke last week about the need for England to be the "best prepared team in the world" if they are to lift the Webb Ellis Cup in two years.
And the Australian is keen for his staff to get to grips with the climate and cultural differences they will face in Japan.
"I wanted to bring some of my staff over here from each department to start to familiarise themselves with Japan and understand the possible climatic conditions as well as get a feel of what it is going to be like to play in the World Cup here," Jones said.
England will face Argentina, France, Tonga and the U.S. in Japan, but could face markedly different weather conditions depending on where they are drawn to play their Pool C games.
"People don't have the impression of Japan being a hot country," Jones added. "The English in particular describe Japan as the 'Far East' which is a lovely quaint old term.
"In Japan it's important to establish relationships in person. Everything needs to be done face to face so it's an opportunity for our staff to build key relationships with Japanese rugby."
Jones also revealed that England would aim to arrive in Japan in the first week of September, to give the players maximum time to acclimatise ahead of the Sept. 20 opening ceremony.