England have announced that they will play three World Cup warm-up fixtures in August next year before the tournament kicks off.
Back to back tests against Wales on August 6th and 13th before taking on Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on 27th August.
Their first World Cup match is against Argentina on September 10th in Christchurch, but Johnno thinks that a match so close to the tournament getting underway will leave them in ideal shape to take on the Pumas.
There won’t be much pause for breath between now and then. This time next year we will be playing warm-up games for the tournament,” Johnno said.
“But we don’t go on tour next summer so we get a rest at the end of the season. The guys in the EPS squad get their breaks as in the agreement, one before the autumn series, one over Christmas, we have the week off before the Six Nations and during the Six Nations they have two weeks off so that is seven Saturdays they won’t be playing. That is the reason the breaks have been put in there.