Paddleboarding and luxury: Miyazaki is Jones’s special place for final preparation | Gerard Meagher

England’s head coach used sleepy southern city to fine tune Japan for the 2015 World Cup and has said if his players are bored then he has probably picked the wrong ones There was an eye-catching story here in Miyazaki this week that will have surely resonated with Eddie Jones. The sleepy city on Japan’s south coast is acting as England’s base before the World Cup but is also hosting the World Surfing Games, just down the road from the team’s hotel. The other day a Brazilian surfer, Italo Ferreira, had to compete in order to qualify for next year’s Olympics but because of a desperate run of bad luck, including his passport being stolen in the United States and a further delay because of the typhoon that hit Tokyo, he arrived at the competition’s venue with nine minutes to spare. Still wearing denim shorts Ferreira proceeded to win his heat and book his return to Tokyo next summer. Related: Beer dispensaries and ball pimples: 10 bits of Rugby World Cup miscellany Continue reading...