England consult player dossier on how to defeat New Zealand

Silvia Morton
November 10, 2018

"It's always good to have other people who are doing a similar role to yourself to be able to talk to... you've got to have some form of relationship that allows you to get on with each other".

The New Zealand Herald says that Ben Smith and Brodie Retallick were among a group of All Blacks who passed up the chance to receive free tickets from the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and instead slipped into Twickenham to sit among fans and "get some intelligence on the enemy they will face on Saturday".

"So it probably indicates I like him and he might like me; I don't know".

The All Blacks are gearing up for a contest that has been four years in the making, when they finally clash with England at Twickenham as part of their northern tour on Sunday morning. "A lot of those we were in total control of, and some we weren't".

"There will be a bit of banter (among the players) I'm assuming afterwards, but everyone's pretty focused on what we do".

"I just think the game is getting more intense".

England have additional insight into New Zealand through John Mitchell, the former All Blacks coach who is now Jones' assistant up to the end of the World Cup.

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His decision to change tack and chase honours with England has previously polarised opinion in the game, but Foster remained personally phlegmatic about the issue. "From that sense it's great preparation for what's coming one year from now; how you deal with different things that are thrown at you in the moment and how quick can you adjust".

"But look, it's an issue I don't really want to talk about".

"So it is what it is, in the current laws".

Foster mounted a staunch defence of Barrett's all-round abilities, insisting the 27-year-old can still help New Zealand become the world's best goal-kickers.

"It's a massive opportunity for us to see how good we prepare for yet another big game - that's what we're focusing on", he said.

"Anyone on the day is beatable, it's just that they win a lot more times than other teams do", Ashton told Sky Sports. And the goal-kicking is a part of that. "He's not everyone's cup of tea, but I think he's a good man".

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