ENGLAND have sent a container rammed full of Heinz tomato ketchup and mayonnaise to Japan in a bid to make their World Cup stars feel at home.
The shipment is on its way to the Far East, with Eddie Jones’ 31-man squad touching down next month.
4 England are hoping to be in tasty form as they bid to win the World Cup in Japan
4 Willi Heinz will be immortalised on the way out to the World Cup – with bottles of the same-named tomato ketchupCredit: Getty – Contributor
4 Eddie Jones wants his squad to feel comfortable in Japan – and ketchup plus mayonaisse will also help give his players the calories they needCredit: Getty – Contributor
As they chase World Cup glory, England scrum-half Willi Heinz & Co will be consuming up to 6,000 calories a day, over six or seven meals.
And while they will not be encouraged to slather tomato sauce or mayo over every meal, it will be allowed as a special treat.
In Tokyo, the West’s two favourite condiments can be purchased, with small bottles costing around £4.
But outside of the capital the liquid gold is very rare, so England have planned ahead and sent their stash early, along with other hard-to-come-by Western foods.
But any players with a taste for Marmite should also get planning, as the tiniest of pots will cost a whopping £10!
And the Exeter Chiefs posse of Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie might also have to smuggle in their beloved Cornish pasties, with the West Country fodder an impossible find.
Meanwhile, Lewis Ludlam has revealed he pieced together a highlights showreel as he thought he would be dumped by Northampton just 12 months ago.
The England rookie has since booked a dream ticket to the World Cup in Japan — and will never struggle to find a job again if they win it.
But nt so long ago the 23-year-old flanker even thought about jacking it all in while having serious thoughts about life in the real world.
After a crazy summer, the one-cap wonder said: “I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do other than play rugby.
“Part of last year was trying to play my way into a good highlights reel to get a gig at not such a big club as Northampton or potentially abroad. I was always thinking about other options.
“This time last year was like almost one last shot at it for me, trying to fight for another contract.
“I didn’t even know if I would get a contract and I had one year left. I hadn’t played more than a handful of games since my Junior World Cup.
“You see a lot of stuff on social media: ‘Where’s Ludlam? What’s he doing?’.
“It drives you on — you use it as energy and motivation to really kick on.
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“Reading that sort of stuff made me want to prove people wrong and I’m just happy I got the opportunity to do that.
There were times when I didn’t believe that I would really kick on and make it.
So this has been a bizarre seven weeks, to be honest."