All Blacks' Hansen and England's Jones talk regularly

Beauden Barrett was a member of the 23-strong contingent that travelled to London early to prepare for the upcoming test against England on Sunday morning

Beauden Barrett was a member of the 23-strong contingent that travelled to London early to prepare for the upcoming test against England on Sunday morning

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". "You will say fantastic, another bloke we can terrorise".

"They've used that smartly". "We usually talk either by text or by phone, probably every second week", said Hansen. You don't ring people up you don't like, just because they are doing the same job as you.

"The Lions put a lot of pressure on the All Blacks in areas they didn't enjoy and were able to get them off rhythm and off tempo. It just comes in a different wrapper". "I know that with his attitude he'll come back in even better shape".

We are in a good position but we are going to have to have a good preparation week and I think the last couple of weeks will allow us to play some good footie this weekend.

The 31-year-old was in the England team that claimed a famous 38-21 win over New Zealand at Twickenham in 2012.

If you look at our numbers overall we're actually pretty good but it's certainly much talked about when we have a game that goes off.

Ashton ended a four-year spell in the global wilderness by coming on as a replacement in the last 10 minutes against South Africa.

England coach Eddie Jones believes the introduction of a second referee could be rugby union's answer to dealing with the increasing intensity of the game.

Playing the Wallabies, Springboks and Pumas so often in the Rugby Championship, and enjoying sustained success against these teams, can create mental challenges when attempting to inspire the same motivation. They won 18 in a row, only one other side in the world has ever done that.

Obviously if they're not quite on the money then we're going to have a plan and it does open up an opportunity if we're smart so we have to make sure we're all aligned.

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