England's Slade, Te'o eager for All Blacks

Tanya Simon
November 9, 2018

England however are well stocked with back row options for the remaining games against New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

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

Hansen named eight debutants for the 69-31 victory last weekend, all of whom contributed well and in some cases - particularly George Bridge - suggested they have big futures with the All Blacks, but the sentiment by one English newspaper writer that he was handing out "confetti caps" clearly offended him. "I thought they did a great job". I don't see too many articles saying he's kicked 11/12 in the last three tests but if he kicks 2/6 and two hit the posts it's like a national calamity.

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.

"There's a lot of pressure there, all the time, whether you're winning or losing". It's just in a different wrapper.

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Asked if such moves are generally respected within the sport, Foster said: "I don't know; I think everyone's going to have mixed opinions on that".

"Does that give him any better idea how to beat us than anyone else? They obviously have a very good league and maybe our stuff is not shown on telly there". "It's always good to have other people who are doing a similar role to yourself to be able to talk to... you've got to have some form of relationship that allows you to get on with each other".

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday", Hansen said of Jones. 'You've been involved in rugby, things don't change quickly'.

"We've got a lot of options there", added the former England captain. "So it makes them a good side".

"If you're good enough to take that away from them then you've got to be good enough to score points".

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