Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
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Don't over-do England/NZ Tests: Hansen

Don't over-do England/NZ Tests: Hansen

Ashton lines-up on the right wing in place of Jack Nowell after impressing during his 15-minute spell as a substitute in the 12-11 victory over South Africa that opened the Quilter Internationals. South Africa were totally dominant but failed to take advantage of their territory and possession.

While that challenge cast a spotlight on Farrell's physical approach, Jones believes it is England's playmaker who is given insufficient protection by referees while borderline hits on Ireland's Johnny Sexton are often condemned. There was still a big let off at the end when Farrell made a unsafe tackle on Andre Esterhuizen but England fortunately escaped punishment.

"Sometimes when you play New Zealand you sit there and you watch and you think "they're the best team in the world, we can't compete against them".

Jones has made two further changes with Ben Moon coming in for Alec Hepburn at loosehead prop and Sam Underhill replacing openside Tom Curry, who has been ruled out of the rest of the autumn by an ankle injury.

Courtney Lawes, meanwhile, hopes that talisman New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick has been sleeping in the bed that exacerbated his own back injury. Steve Hansen's side were stunned by South Africa in Wellington after a 36-34 defeat in September. I remember us having a really good week of training and going in with a no-fear mentality with a view to taking New Zealand on.

Sonny Bill Williams is given the nod to play at inside centre for the All Blacks.

But it's the presence of Jack Goodhue that looms large over Williams and Crotty.


Hansen said the All Blacks wanted to "make a statement" at Twickenham, where they have only been beaten once since 2015.

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

No matter what they do, there is a feeling within the All Blacks the Lions result is continually rubbed in their face.

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. But it may be tighter than some expect with the handicap mark pitched at 14 points.

Previously, New Zealand and England met four times in 2014, and for three straight years, and there were complaints of overkill. The 21-year-old just can not stop scoring with a brilliant record of 22 tries in 21 Tests.

As a nudge to Jones, Ashton lined up against England for the Barbarians in a non-cap match in May and scored a spectacular hat-trick as the touring team handed out a 63-45 thrashing.

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