Eddie Jones Spice Girls haka joke to play down England fears

Joe Moody's season is over after suffering an eye injury

Joe Moody's season is over after suffering an eye injury

In the tests they played against the Lions in 2017, the All Blacks won the first, lost the second and drew the third. "If we're not good enough then we work out how we can get good enough". "When I've played in teams that did that previously we've been successful".

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen fears playing regular Test matches against England would diminish the spectacle and have a negative impact on players. 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.

"Once you've acknowledged it's there you can deal with it", he said.

Chris Ashton has his shortcomings in defence and a readily accessible self-destruct button, but the predatory Sale wing possesses genuine X-factor and a strong afternoon against New Zealand would propel him towards World Cup selection. "He does the simple things - no fuss, no fanfare, really good team guy", he said.

Winger Rieko Ioane, 21, added: "The pressure we put on each other is probably bigger than what everyone perceives we get on the outside".

"The one constant thing about being in the All Blacks is you're under pressure constantly", said Hansen.

"Once you come to realise that [pressure], life becomes a little easier. Do we get comfortable?"

Chris Ashton has taken the long way round back to the England team but timed his return just right as he prepares to start his first global for four years against New Zealand in the most eagerly awaited fixture of Eddie Jones's tenure.

Coach Steve Hansen said either player could marshall the attack, making the world champions hard to predict for defensively minded teams such as England.

"In any educational process, you have to talk about it and you've got to get people to understand why and then it's about supporting them when they go through it and keeping an eye on them from a distance, up close or whatever".

"The buzz is bigger, that Lions tour has made it bigger".

Jones has taken to describing his replacements as "finishers" and, after making three changes to his starting team to face New Zealand on Saturday, he was somewhat exasperated at the media's interest in the fact that Chris Ashton was chosen to start ahead of Jack Nowell - swapping their roles from last week's win over South Africa.

"In only drawing the series, that wasn't successful to us".

"They had both been narrow defeats - 20-14 and 16-15 - so despite all the criticism we knew we weren't far off".

"We've got natural athletes who want to run and carry the ball and pass the ball and have terrific instincts and want to play what's in front of them", he said.

"They'll look to wear you down".

"The other 67 percent want to beat them, so we're happy to go out there and get stuck in".

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