- England are currently waiting to find out who they will next take on in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals
- They are preparing for the last-eight clash inside their training base, Le Touquet, a picturesque French resort
- KEVIN QUIGLEY has been on the ground at HQ to capture their sessions, downtime and local surroundings
- Latest Rugby World Cup 2023 news, including fixtures, live scores and results
Welcome back to the Soul of Sport. For our latest episode of the series, KEVIN QUIGLEY has taken a closer look inside England’s World Cup training base.
Steve Borthwick’s side coasted through to the quarter-finals with a match to spare, a stark contrast to their nightmare warm-up campaign, after Japan beat Samoa.
They will next take on the runners-up in Pool C, likely to be Fiji, though Wales are also a potential opponent.
Once again surrounded by the peace and quiet offered by Le Touquet, their HQ in France, work will have already begun as they bid to reach the final four.
Our man has been on the ground to capture the best moments, as well as the town’s picturesque surroundings.
England are training for their next Rugby World Cup clash in Le Touquet, home of a casino that has inspired James Bond films
Nestled away behind thick trees, Steve Borthwick’s squad’s preparations are continuing away from prying eyes in the town
Head coach Borthwick is at the centre of every session and will hope to lead his side to jaw-dropping glory this month
Heavy security is located on site and high fences encompass the pitches, blocking off training and keeping plans a secret
Large red roses have been dotted around the side’s state-of-the-art headquarters, paying tribute to their infamous nickname
President Macron’s luxurious holiday home in the resort is located just a five-minute walk away from the England camp
Journalists frequently gather to question the players and coaching staff, extracting invaluable insight in the lead-up to games
Le Touquet’s main roundabout features a large sign welcoming England’s squad and also shirts for each individual player
The town has fully embraced the thrills and spills of the tournament, with banners adorning the top of busy shopping streets
A roof top inside the camp has snipers in position, seemingly watching out for drones that may spill tactics to opponents
Westminster Hotel is also a short walk from the training ground and once played host to James Bond author, Ian Fleming
The facilities on offer at Le Touquet have allowed Borthwick to embrace a varied training schedule for his challengers
Le Touquet is a small seaside town in the north and is renowned for its rolling beaches, water sports hub and vibrant nightlife