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England staying cool in Brisbane

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Woodward will combine a team trip to the Suncorp stadium with a round of golf as he tries to keep the squad relaxed, but still focussed ahead of the must-win game.

Woodward told zurichpremiership.com: "I will go down to the stadium for the three hour session just to see that everything is alright, but there is no actual training, just the chance for the team to familiarise themselves with the stadium, go and sit high up in the stands and get a real picture of what is going to happen on Sunday.

"I think that a day off is very important, I have told the players they should get out of the hotel, not sit in the sun, but walk around Brisbane, go to the coffee bars and get a feeling of the place and just do everything that you would do back in England.

"There are a lot of wives and girlfriends over here which I think is good news. We have just got to be as normal as we can, we all realise what is at stake on Sunday but we have to be very relaxed and in control.

"The squad really are enjoying this tournament but it is a massive game for the team on Sunday. We have just got to take this game in our stride and we are preparing for it exactly how we would prepare for Wales in the Six Nations. But I am looking forward to a quiet, restful day in preparation for tomorrow when we will have the team run out and it will be all systems go for Sunday," he added.

Woodward also took the opportunity to praise the organisation of the tournament, saying: "I am personally enjoying the whole trip, and I think that I speak on behalf of all the players and management, that we are having a wonderful time and Australia is just a fantastic country."


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