England rugby stars compete in series of gruelling beach events

England coach Eddie Jones
observed his squad undergo a series of gruelling training exercises in Newquay last week.
Jones' side are preparing for their World Cup warm-up matches which begin next month starting with Wales on August 11.
Newquay provided the perfect setting for the team's secret training camp as they embarked on a day of team bonding exercises and bespoke challenges on July 3. 
Energised by the Cornish coast, the team underwent a day of intensive ocean and beach-based challenges created by Newquay Activity Centre
 and the Royal Air Force.
Challenges included lifeguarding skills, stand up paddleboarding, sea swimming, rescue board paddling and team work with physical and mental challenges. 
Before concluding with an adrenaline-fueled jet boat ride from the team at Odyssey Marine Adventures. 
This bespoke series of challenges was developed to help the England coaching staff establish the roles of the players for the upcoming World Cup in Japan this autumn.
Briefed and kitted up in wetsuits by the instructors at Towan beach, and British Champion surfer Luke Dillion, the England rugby team were split in to five teams of six players who battled hard to win each event. 
The England team were watched intently by coach Jones as they competed in each of the events. 
Many of the players are still fighting for their place in the team and could be seen giving the activities their all. Their competitive spirit and sheer determination shone through as they embraced new challenges.
For some of the players who were less comfortable in the water it was an opportunity to display strength of character, for those that were more familiar in the environment, they helped their team mates overcome the challenges.  

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