England step up Rugby World Cup 2015 preparation as James Haskell and Co are put  through paces at Denver training camp

England step up Rugby World Cup 2015 preparation as James Haskell and Co are put through paces at Denver training camp

The England squad were put through their paces on Wednesday as Stuart Lancaster's men begun their two-week camp in Denver, Colorado.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015, Lancaster's 45-man party have travelled to Rugbytown USA to take part in altitude training before they kick off their tournament in September.

As they prepare for their opener against Fiji at Twickenham, the likes of Danny Cipriani and Tom Wood were put through gruelling workouts in the gym.

Despite the high intensity sessions Lancaster's squad will take part in, they'll have some spare time on their hands to take in the sights of the Rocky Mountain region.

Flanker James Haskell and former rugby league star Sam Burgess took time out to visit a local coffee store before returning to graft in the gym.

Haskell took to Instagram to post the picture alongside the caption: 'Little coffee morning with @samburgess8 in between insanely hard training.'

Burgess and the rest of a 45-man England training will be hoping to impress in Denver, with the countdown continuing towards head coach Lancaster's final World Cup squad announcement late next month.

England will play home and away warm-up games against France before Lancaster confirms his 31-player group for the tournament.

As they bid for success on home soil, 2003 World Cup-winner Lawrence Dallaglio believes the current squad lack the experience the winning team had 12 years ago.

'You've got to remember when I played in the 2003 final it was about my 65th cap,' Dallaglio said.

'I think for Martin Johnson it was something like his 84th cap and for Jason Leonard his 114th. So we had a lot of very experienced players and I think that helps in the pressure situations.

'To win a World Cup sometimes you have to go through a few disappointments, and certainly when I cast my mind back to 1999 and losing a quarter-final that was tough.

'Our winning of the World Cup started when we lost in '99 and the All Blacks side that won under Richie McCaw four years ago had that disappointment of losing to France in 2007.

'This England side hasn't had that disappointment yet and they might go on and win the World Cup, but it's a young side and they would be one of the more inexperienced sides to do it.

'They haven't had that (tough) experience to stand them in really good stead, but as the years pass they'll get better and better.'

– Entry was posted on July 15th, 2015 by James Haskell
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