Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Curry blow for England ahead of NZ clash

England need to set up scoring opportunities for their classy finisher Jonny May GETTY IMAGESEngland need to set up scoring opportunities for their classy finisher Jonny May
Cary Erickson | 09 November, 2018, 04:42

Tom Curry will miss the rest of England's November Tests after suffering an ankle injury during the 12-11 win over South Africa. I think he's a good bloke.

"We've been able to come here fresh which is good - this is probably the freshest we've been", Foster said as the squad prepare to face England at Twickenham for the first time in four years.

"The only people that don't understand what it's like to be a head coach of an worldwide team are the people who have never been one", Hansen said.

New Zealand head coach Hansen laid out his firm respect for England counterpart Jones, revealing the pair speak "probably every second week".

Their performances improved in tandem with England's fightback against the Springboks and they are expected to keep their places when Eddie Jones names his starting XV for the All Blacks' visit to Twickenham.

The game this weekend against England was billed as the clash of the top two sides in the world, however, that was when it was announced past year.

"Talking to Eddie, I know he and England are very excited about this game, and we are too", Hansen said.

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"He's got a fantastic future ahead of him".

'So I think the referees are doing a great job.

Territory is a big part of the way they play and their kicking game allows them to do that so we are going to have to have good plans around how we defuse that and we will go from there.

"It's like everything - when you're selecting a national team, there's a whole lot of good players that don't quite make it".

"But you know that, you know that there's going to be pressure with the job, and you accept that and you get on with it".

New Zealand go into the game on the back of a 69-31 win over Japan in Tokyo last Saturday with a side featuring eight debutants.