Haskell: England unfazed by RWC draw

James Haskell insists England will adopt a phlegmatic approach to staring down an unenviable group at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

England face arguably the toughest World Cup pool for the second tournament in succession, having been drawn alongside France and Argentina for the competition in Japan.

England became the worst-performing hosts in World Cup history in 2015 by failing to qualify from their pool containing Wales and Australia.

But Wasps flanker Haskell insists England under Eddie Jones can handle the hype of another severely testing draw.

“If you want to be the best team in the world then you’ve got to beat all the best teams,” Haskell said.

“I’d love to see the simplest pool in the world, but it never works out that way. You’ve just got to beat whoever’s in front of you on the day.

“Eddie Jones’ team out there will literally just look at the first game. I’m also a believer that the form going into a tournament doesn’t really matter because what counts is what you do once you get there.”

James Haskell and Eddie Jones. David Rogers/Getty Images

“Eddie Jones will be very matter of fact, he wants us to be the best team in the world,” Haskell added.

“For the World Cup his mind is already on that, doing that in the right way. He’s already coming up with weird and wonderful ways to make us fitter and fitter.

“He tells us that a World Cup is a life-defining moment. If you can’t put your body on the line for that, then you’re really in the wrong game.”

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