Lee Radford has looked ahead to the opening weeks of pre-season, and explained that player and staff reviews are an important aspect of helping assess the 2019 campaign.
Players and members of the coaching staff will undergo their individual reviews this week before breaking off for the closed-season break.
Radford explained: “This early part of the week will focus on staff reviews across the coaching department. This offers us a chance to look back at some of the challenges we set ourselves ahead of this season, and whether we have achieved them or not. If not, why we haven’t and how are we are going to moving forward.
“There will be a focus on the changes we need to make for the upcoming season so it’s a really important thing to do.
“Then towards the end of the week, we’ll begin our player reviews with the boys who are going to be with us next year. We’ll be discussing their thoughts on the year and where they think they can improve for 2020.”
Radford added that pre-season planning has been underway for some time, saying: “The planning for pre-season is already well underway, and has been for some time. Hopefully we’ll find out everyone’s return dates over the next few weeks when we know who is playing in the internationals this Autumn.”
“We also have plenty of new faces coming in so allowing them time to familiarse themselves with their new surroundings and teammates is important.
“We’re hoping most will be here for the first day of pre-season, but obviously there is a chance some could be involved in the internationals; Manu Ma’u could be in action for Tonga against Great Britain.
“We’ve also got three boys in with a chance of playing in that tour, as well as a couple who could feature for the England Knights.
“It makes things a little bit tricky because you want to give players the right amount of time off, but don’t want them to miss too much either.”