En­emy threat

Jones warned of es­pi­onage risk

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - Gavin Mairs

Eddie Jones warned in Jan­uary that he feared Eng­land could be spied on dur­ing the World Cup be­cause of the num­ber of tall build­ings that sur­round some of the pitches they would use in Ja­pan.

Their train­ing base at the Dis­ney­land re­sort is the most ex­posed of their venues on the road to the semi-fi­nal. At least 500 apart­ments soar above the two-pitch base, ren­der­ing the two-me­tre high tar­pau­lin fence re­dun­dant.

In Miyazaki, where Eng­land trained be­fore the tour­na­ment and on the week­end of their can­celled game against France, the pitch was over­looked by the team ho­tel, but it was such a re­mote lo­ca­tion, hun­dreds of miles from the ac­tion, that there was lit­tle risk of es­pi­onage.

When the team held an open train­ing ses­sion there for lo­cals, the two se­cu­rity guards, who use binoc­u­lars to look for cam­eras, pa­trolled the perime­ter to make sure no one was film­ing.

Their next lo­ca­tion, in Sapporo, was over­looked by some small apart­ment blocks but less ex­posed than Tokyo Bay. Their bases in Kobe, which was close to a busy fly­over, and Tokyo, be­fore their re­turn for the semi-fi­nals, were private.

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