By Nik Simon for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:32 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 12:14 GMT, 2 February 2020
For Eddie Jones, the cleansing process took place at a CrossFit camp with his wife, Hiroko, on the island of Okinawa in the Pacific Ocean.
He allowed himself seven days off after England’s World Cup final defeat, before returning to his office at Twickenham for round two.
It would have been easy to walk away. Jones could have stayed in Japan and cashed in as a club coach but he could not resist a second bite.
Eddie Jones says he couldn't resist continuing on as England coach after the World Cup
It all starts again in Paris on Sunday, where England take their first steps towards healing the wounds inflicted by South Africa three months ago.
‘You go through a grieving period,’ said Jones. ‘Clive Woodward locked himself in a room for three days. My wife would kick me out of bed. We did CrossFit three times a day — twice in the morning, once at night.
‘I enjoyed a class called Thrusters… you don’t have to think, you just get in there and rip in. It was a bit of a cleansing, then I came back and was ready to go. I loved being a 60-year-old competing against 40-year-olds… seeing if I can beat them.’
Time will tell if he is older and wiser. His message has been about peaking at World Cups but Jones Mk2 is interested in the here and now.