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England flanker ‘highly unlikely’ to face All Blacks

10 November 2018

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will set aside his friendship with his England counterpart when their teams meet at Twickenham on Saturday, expecting Eddie Jones to have done his homework on the world champions.

He said that you have to strategies the moves in a certain manner against them.

"They've used that smartly".

Smith said watching a Test in the cheap seats was a novel experience, but an interesting one, all the same.

A much-needed win for the under-pressure Jones over the Springboks on Saturday ended in controversy, when Owen Farrell's injury-time tackle on André Esterhuizen was referred to the television match official by referee Angus Gardner. Beyond that we don't know how long, but it's not within the next three Test... It comes just in a different wrapper.

"It's always good to have other people who are doing a similar role to yourself to be able to talk to".

Hansen said he and the Australian speak or text roughly once a fortnight: "You don't ring up people you don't like, just because they are doing the same job as you", Hansen told a news conference on London on Monday. "I know that with his attitude he'll come back in even better shape than he is now".

However, this is the first time England has all the information about All Blacks at such an easy distance.

Hansen's apparent esprit de corps with Jones - the pair communicate every second week and their wives regularly stay in touch - suggests the build-up and aftermath of this highly-anticipated test will take a respectful tone, but that's not to say the All Blacks coach won't fire a few verbal bullets at the press, particularly those writing for English publications.

"I think we've got over the stage of seeing him in a white jersey now".

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday". You've got to be in the game and, when you get the opportunity to score points, you've got to be good enough to take them. They won 18 in a row, only one other side in the world has ever done that.

England flanker ‘highly unlikely’ to face All Blacks