Eddie Jones has refused to guarantee England’s players will not breach coronavirus protocols across a busy autumn schedule.
Head coach Jones has addressed his squad on the rules of England’s bubble, where the players will not be allowed out at night to avoid communal infection.
A 28-man squad convened on Tuesday for a three-day training camp, with England facing the Barbarians in the non-cap international on October 25.
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The delayed Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup will then follow across a hectic fixture run, with boss Jones expecting bubble life to prove a challenge.
“The main thing for us is that we understand the responsibility that we have got,” said Jones.
“We are the England national rugby team. We have been given the opportunity to play rugby in quite difficult situations. Our responsibility is to make sure that we put a smile on people’s faces.
“I anticipate that every player coming in will be committed to that. But like every other young man around the world at the moment, they have discipline issues.
“We want to minimise those discipline issues but I can’t guarantee that they won’t happen. We will certainly be striving to be a very disciplined team.
“We have broken the campaign down into blocks so the first block is until the end of Italy and until then we have to keep as isolated as we can, making sure that we don’t increase the risk of any communal infection.
“Then we will have a break and the players will need to be disciplined once they go home and then we come in again for another couple of games and then we will have a break again and then have the next couple of games. That is how we will deal with it.”
Jones revealed England have examined the approaches to bubble life of other sports across the globe, in a bid to provide the best set-up.