Englands fortunes have been transformed under coach Eddie Jones. Jefferson Lake looks at the Australians methods. The England squads training session on the final Thursday before the traditional autumn internationals was set for 32 minutes. Not half an hour. Not even 35 minutes, but 32.The word around Pennyhill Park, the luxurious Bagshot hotel which has been home to international training since 2003, is that such things are done to keep the players on their toes. They are, according to those around the squad, textbook Eddie Jones. England vs South Africa November 12, 2016, 2:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Whatever his methods or his reasons behind them, they are certainly working. Teams dont win nine successive games by accident, and the fact such a sequence has come after a dreadful World Cup at which the host nation was eliminated at the group stage makes it one all the more remarkable.So what has Jones done to turn a group of players which underachieved on a grand - and dire - scale to one about to bid for a perfect 10 against South Africa?A key difference regularly quoted is that the players are now more physical, that there has been an increase in intensity on the paddock which has been replicated in the Test match arena. Such intensity has also been increased by the added time the group has spent together, with the Bagshot practices being preceded by similar workouts in Brighton and Portugal.But those methods have not been without criticism, and never more so than when key players were injured as a result of them. Anthony Watson fractured his jaw during the south coast jaunt but there was worse news a day earlier when Wasps flanker Sam Jones broke his leg during a judo session. We profile Springboks lock Eben Eztebeth, hear from Tendai The Beast Mtawarira, and Jonny Wilkinson on the unique challenge of the Springboks The issue of physicality is front and centre as plans are made for the visit of South Africa to Twickenham, but it is one of which Jones is largely dismissive as an inherent ingredient of the sport.If you dont want it to be physical, you should play volleyball, is his assessment when the issue arises.I think its amusing when people talk about certain teams being more physical than others. You have to be physical - thats the game.That said, he does accept there is more of an abrasive edge to the Springboks than exists with other Test teams.A recent newspaper report stated that giant lock Eben Etzebeth can bench press 175kg - or to put it another way, the weight of an adult panda - and arm curl a 75kg dumbbell, which equates to 10kg less than the weight of George Ford. Jones is plotting Englands first victory over South Africa since 2006 The general rule there is that if youre a lock and youre not 66, youre shot and youre out the door, Jones told Sky Sports News HQ.They always pick the biggest blokes they can find and we know theyre going to do that, its something were fully aware of.But there are ways to get at South Africa and well be smart enough to work out how to get at them. Because of their overt physicality, I think they will give us opportunities in the game.With that in mind, Tom Wood has been selected at openside flanker after an international exile period of more than a year.The Northampton man was one of several who paid the price for the poor World Cup campaign but accepted Jones assertion that he was not producing good enough rugby to be considered for selection at that point. Tom Wood says hes determined to take the opportunity to impress His return to form and thus to the squad proves that Jones does not hold grudges, and his captain and club-mate Dylan Hartley was pleased to see him back in the fold.Hes been out in the wilderness, said Hartley, whose Movember moustache and close-cropped hair is not a patch on Woods full beard and flowing locks. And he looks like hes literally been living out in the wilderness.Hes a top bloke. He has worked hard and taken the feedback from Eddie on board. Its great to have him back.Woods first task on Saturday will be, in Jones own words, to make as big a mess as possible of South Africas first breakdown as England prepare themselves for a pack battle in the forecast Twickenham rain.They have not beaten the Springboks since 2006 - a barren run which spans 12 Test matches - but with a Grand Slam and that historic summer tour victory in Australia under their belts, England are well placed to end that sequence. We look at Jones perfect start to his England career Weve been together for a long time and weve been building towards this game for a long time, said Hartley. We prepare at Test-level intensity and we have worked hard for this game.Were excited. Weve been meeting up a lot recently and all of our talk has been about this game. I think the past week weve had has been one of our best weeks as a squad.Hartley, and Jones, will be hoping that practice-ground preparation translates to on-pitch precision as they bid for a perfect 10 wins in a row.Watch England v South Africa on Saturday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD at 2pm. Also See: England v South Africa: Great games Elliot Daly starts for England Corbisiero predicts clean sweep Strauss shrugs off Jones jibes Jorge Alfaro Jersey . -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. Pete Rose Jersey . -- Charline Labonte couldnt have asked for a better homecoming. http://www.philliesrookiestore.com/Phillies-Lenny-Dykstra-Kids-Jersey/ .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Pat Neshek Jersey . Varlamov made 33 saves and Ryan OReilly had a goal and scored in the shootout as the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night. 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Murphys shot leading off the ninth inning against Travis Blackley extended the Rangers lead and travelled 411 feet. Cruz tied the score at 2-2 with a big solo home run to left field in the sixth off Houston starter Dallas Keuchel. The 416-foot shot bounced off the glass facade above the railroad tracks for Cruzs eighth homer of the season. It ended a 0 for 12 skid for Cruz, who has tied games with four of his long balls this year. "That one Cruz got was huge to get us back in the ballgame right there after they stole a run from us," Washington said. "And then Baker gets us the lead run and Murphy a little bit of insurance. It was all needed." Robbie Ross (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings before Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth and Joe Nathan the ninth for his 10th save of the season. "The bullpen was outstanding," Washington said. "For Robbie to come in and get us 1 1-3 innings and then Schep came in and had a good breaking ball tonight to go with that live fastball that he has. And then Joe did the rest. It was solid." Nathan said the bullpen is in a pretty good rhythm. "The young guys who were question marks coming into the year are throwing the ball great," Nathan said. "Obviously, we are passing the ball along pretty good. We are in a rhythm. We have good confidence down there. We are just trying to throw as many quality pitches as we can and get outs. We know coming out of the pen, we got to be aggressive, throw strikes and get outs for us. Forrtunately, it has gone well.dddddddddddd" Trevor Crowe put the Astros in front 1-0 in the second with a solo home run to left field off Alexi Ogando. The home run was Crowes first in 234 at-bats since July 23, 2010, when he was with the Indians. Elvis Andrus tied it at 1-1 in the third with a bases-loaded walk. The Rangers loaded the bases with one out on a walk by Geovany Soto and singles by Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler. Following Andrus walk, Keuchel struck out Lance Berkman and got Adrian Beltre to fly out to centre to end the inning. Houston responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning as Jose Altuve doubled with one out, advanced to third on Jason Castros groundout and scored on Ogandos wild pitch to make it 2-1. "That was a great reaction," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "He broke the minute the ball broke down. That was great anticipation by Altuve, and a good heads up play." Ogando was rocky in the first, loading the bases on a walk to Chris Carter with two outs before inducing a flyout to centre by Carlos Pena to end the inning. Keuchel, making his first start of the season after appearing in six games this season out of the bullpen, allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Keuchel said he felt good on the mound and felt he could have gone longer. "Before the game I told some of the guys that, since I went to the bullpen and then had that one start down in Triple A, my body has been responding well," Keuchel said. "Even though I got a little hot early, I was able to settle in a little bit." Ogando went 5 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits with three strikeouts and a season-high four walks. NOTES: Texas C A.J. Pierzynski was placed on the disabled list Friday, retroactive to May 6 with a right oblique strain. C Robinson Chirinos was recalled from Triple A Round Rock Friday to take Pierzynskis place on the roster. ... Houston RHP Josh Fields, who has been on the disabled list since April 4 with a strained right forearm, began a rehab assignment Friday with Class A Quad Cities. ... Rangers RHP Yu Darvish, who is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA, will take the mound Saturday for the first time against Houston since he threw 8 2-3 perfect innings against the Astros on April 2. 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