England clash bigger than Lions series, says All Blacks coach Hansen

Silvia Morton
November 10, 2018

The hosts warmed up for the Test with a 12-11 win over South Africa, while New Zealand put 69 points on Japan.

This week the All Blacks' management and players regularly touched on the differences in style between the southern and northern hemispheres, nearly taunting England to deviate from its script.

Now restored to the starting XV, his strike rate of 19 tries is evidence of a predatory instinct that Jones insists must be allowed to flourish. "That's given this week a sharper edge, which is good", Hansen told a news conference. The 21-year-old just can not stop scoring with a brilliant record of 22 tries in 21 Tests.

"You have to give them due respect for that".

Trouble, says Eddie Jones, but Chris Ashton will make his first England start for four years after being named on the right wing for Saturday's Test against New Zealand.

New Zealand are a great team, they're also going to most likely score, but if you can maximise your defence and your attack then you've always got a good shot. They want to make a statement. "If he wasn't a rugby player he would be a marathon runner because he can run for days without getting exhausted". Wherever there's trouble, there's Ashton.

Nowell drops to the bench but there is no place for Manu Tuilagi despite his recovery from the groin strain that ruled him out against the Springboks. England stayed within touching distance and the boot of Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly edged them home.

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"They had both been narrow defeats - 20-14 and 16-15 - so despite all the criticism we knew we weren't far off". "Warrior" and "rooster" have been added to "spiritual leader" in outlining the playmaker's importance to England. "He puts his body on the line, he doesn't play in a dinner suit".

The wearing of poppies to commemorate the fallen has raised emotions in recent times, with Manchester United footballer Nemanja Matic refusing to wear one on his shirt last weekend because it reminded him of his childhood when the former Yugoslavia was bombed in a NATO-air campaign that lasted 78 days in 1999. Granted England did not play well, especially in the first half, but led by inspirational co-captain Farrell, they dug out a result and defended superbly. "We have natural athletes who want to run and carry the ball and pass the ball".

"He's one of those blokes who goes down the coal mine for you every day".

Courtney Lawes, meanwhile, hopes that talisman New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick has been sleeping in the bed that exacerbated his own back injury.

"You are trying to work out how you maximise that 80 minutes", he said.

"Last time the All Blacks played here, the crowd were singing at the same time the haka was going on", Slade, who starts at outside centre, said.

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