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I've never been in a World Cup final but my experience of big matches is that the bigger the occasion, the simpler your game needs to be.

By the time the boys get into the changing room on Saturday, it's business time. Guys are breathing heavily, you've got good eye contact and feet are tapping. There's a lot of energy in the room but it's calm. You strip it right back and talk about your processes.

Most of the emotional talk is done back at the hotel. That's where the guys will get together and lay their thoughts on the table.

The hard work is nearly done for England and final messages are being said for the big game

The hard work is nearly done for England and final messages are being said for the big game

Firstly, I would talk about the journey. There's a mixture of guys in this team. For some of the youngsters, like Lewis Ludlam, it's been a whirlwind. For a lot of the others it's been 10 years and they've been through the wringer.

They've experienced the hurt of 2015 but they've come out the other side. Now they've got a chance to rectify that. Now they have a chance to write their name into the history books and really achieve something for their families.

If you ask people why they play, answers always differ but one of the most common is 'family'. They want to make their family proud: parents, partners, grandparents — the people who have invested in them. If you've got kids you want to leave a legacy. You want to inspire your children to do things. 

You want them to think Dad's a superhero. For me, that was one of my biggest drivers. You can inspire people: kids, teenagers, young people, old people. Millions of people. You can change how people feel... how good is that?

Eddie Jones will drill into the key tactical messages after all the emotional build-up talk

Eddie Jones will drill into the key tactical messages after all the emotional build-up talk

I would use some of the more eloquent people to tell their stories: talk about their journeys and who they want to win the World Cup for. That's the emotional stuff but then — bang! — you strip it back and finish with, 'that's all great, but how do we do it?' Simplify things. You don't need to pull any miracles out of your backside, you just need to be you. Play your own game to the best of your ability with a clear head. Don't complicate it.

By the time they're in the changing-room the team is so well oiled. This has been a four-year project and 17 guys have been there since Eddie Jones started. They've played enough games together now so they know what works for them and what doesn't. 

The big machine is just working in sync beautifully so I think the message is enjoy the occasion, free yourselves up and enjoy it because it's not just a week's preparation going into that game, it's four years' preparation. Enjoy it and just play your best game.

You have the coin toss

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