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Lawes in relaxed mood

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The second row may be renowned for his big hits and physical style of play on the field, but off it he remains considerably more laid back.

“You know me, I’m pretty chilled out!” he told the England Rugby Podcast. “I’m not going to get too hyped about it, but it’s obviously a great opportunity for us as a team and for rugby in general in England. The coverage surrounding the World Cup is going to be huge and that can only be good for the game.

“I’m just going to train hard every day, work hard and make sure I’m on point when it finally comes around.”

Training for Lawes and England is currently some 5,000 miles from home in Denver, USA, as the squad look to utilise the tough Colorado conditions in a bid to raise fitness levels.

“It’s good to get away and into a different environment,” Lawes added. “Being in America it takes you away from everything and then of course you’ve got the thin air, altitude and the fact that we’re probably going to get flogged – it’s tough!

“Mentally it’s a good challenge though and hopefully we’re going to come back fitter.”