Wales coach Neil Jenkins said that playing England this weekend, on Sunday, and then turning around to play again in six days is a good replication of the upcoming Rugby World Cup experience.
"It's not something we’re always used to," said Jenkins, who is still the most prolific test-scorer in Wales history and also logged 41 points for the British & Irish Lions, most in their series win over South Africa in 1997.
Speaking in an interview with the WRU, Jenkins said sometimes in the Six Nations you get a six-day turnaround, but major test nations aren't really used to it.
"It’s not easy to play a test match on Sunday and play another big one the following Saturday," Jenkins added. "So the travel, the recovery, how you prep again for the following week is massive and play you in good stead for the World Cup, there’s no doubt in that."
“We had a good Six Nations winning the Grand Slam, but we’re back now and pulling each other through the dark times. That’s what builds a team."@SanjayWills talks Wales' #RWC2019 prep: https://t.co/QrhRECBMbu #HWFN pic.twitter.com/EyXQLx5VOB— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) August 7, 2019
Jenkins added that the team prep, and the bonding that it has engendered, has been crucial.
“They’ve obviously worked extremely hard as soon as they’ve come back [to camp] in June," said Jenkins, speaking about the players. "The trip to Switzerland as well has been pretty brutal, so, but, the same as anything, when you’re training this hard, you need the game. You need to see where you’re at.”