Peacock helping give England the edge at 2017 World Cup

Super League legend Jamie Peacock has taken up an internship with the Rugby Football League (RFL) that will see him help plan England’s strategy for the 2017 World Cup.

The 35-year-old, who has represented his country 45 times, took the position as part of his Masters degree in sports administration.

Speaking in his BBC Sport column, Peacock said: “The intention is to make sure that the RFL does all it can to give England the edge at the 2017 World Cup.

“This could involve sports science, where to invest the available funds, tactical planning, genetic profiling and how to make sure players in the England Knights squad progress to the senior team.”

Peacock said he has been observing and chatting with the current England crop at their Loughbrough base and has been trying to pick up on their body language.

“I’ve been around squads for 17 years and captained a few of them,” said the Rhinos prop.

“I’ve learned to pick up on different behaviours and the little parts of people’s body language that tells you how they are feeling.

“It seemed obvious to me that the England boys are feeling relaxed and quietly confident about what they can achieve at the World Cup. Nobody seemed down and everyone looked comfortable in each other’s company.”