Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Hansen sees sharp edge to All Blacks-England conflict

Hansen sees sharp edge to All Blacks-England conflict

Prop Ben Moon gets the nod, with Alec Hepburn dropping to the bench after starting the 12-11 win over the Springboks.

This result has sent them into the New Zealand clash with more belief even if a big improvement is required to threaten the world champions.

"England at home is always a massive challenge for anyone", he said.

Considering the poor run of form England came into the game with and the spate of injuries, particularly in the back row, this was a very significant win.

Owen Farrell co-captains the team alongside Dylan Hartley and needs only one more point to reach 700 for England.

Dashing wing Ashton is now set to make his first Test start in four years but the injury-prone Tuilagi's long wait for an England recall has been delayed again by a groin problem.

To aid their pursuit of a stunning upset, survivors from the 2012 victory at Twickenham and the second Lions in Wellington past year have been canvassed for their views on where New Zealand are vulnerable.

Defining instances, such as Sonny Bill Williams red card in the second test, and the highly controversial ending to the third at Eden Park, have seemingly faded from memory for some. Jack Goodhue is picked alongside him at centre while Damian McKenzie starts at full-back. "I think the Lions tour has made it bigger because we weren't successful", Hansen said.

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This is the first meeting between the teams for four years and New Zealand have predictably held the upper hand.

Rewind back to 2012 and those same stats and experts suggested the same thing, however England turned on the style and their 38-21 victory went down in Twickenham folklore.

England have won just seven matches against the All Blacks since they first met in 1905, but George has taken heart from the way the Lions drew a three-Test series 1-1 past year.

Jones believes opponents are often bewitched by New Zealand's dazzling skills, reducing them to the role of spectators as their try-line is repeatedly breached before coming to their senses.

The All Blacks also play Ireland and Italy on their end of year tour. The 21-year-old just can not stop scoring with a brilliant record of 22 tries in 21 Tests.

New Zealand, up against an outstanding England pack, were restricted to three penalties from Jeff Wilson in a match that became infamous for Jamie Joseph's stamp on the ankle of England scrumhalf Kyran Bracken.

It seemed normal service was about to be resumed when New Zealand then scored two quick tries through Julian Savea and Kieran Read.

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