Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
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England train in the rain ahead of New Zealand clash

England train in the rain ahead of New Zealand clash

After the test match against New Zealand, England will then face Japan and Australia across consecutive weekends.

Tuilagi has been blighted by injury and last played for England two-and-a-half years ago but is fit to play this weekend. It was great to see him running around today.

Manu Tuilagi's return to the England fold ahead of their clash with New Zealand has helped settle down Eddie Jones' team, according to team-mate Ben Youngs.

'We know what a world-class operator Manu is, ' Youngs told Sky Sports.

The outlook on Courtney Lawes' back injury is similar to Tuilagi with Jones hopeful he will be available for Saturday after being ruled out against South Africa.

"He's looking good in training but I don't make those decisions if he plays or not, I just know what he's capable of and I'm sure if he's given the opportunity that he would be able to certainly give us a lot of go-forward and be a key cog to this team".

Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remainder of the autumn series by the ankle injury sustained against South Africa, so his place among the 25 in contention for the All Blacks goes to Sam Underhill.

Some England players may doubt how well known they are to their Kiwi opponents, but Youngs is only too aware of the damage the world champions can cause. You know against New Zealand you're going to have to score tries, simply trying to slot penalties probably isn't going to be enough because of the threat they pose. "It is about going out there and really taking the game to them".

"I think when we look at the physical nature of the game, how they are training, sometimes things are going really good off the park and it hasn't quite gelled to the extent they want on the park".

"He's a fantastic young player and we saw that in the game time he had against South Africa at the weekend".

"We don't want to get lost in what they do and how they play and everything like that".

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