England consult player dossier on how to defeat New Zealand


"The big thing for me is just making my debut and being able to say I'm an England Test cricketer".

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed a deep respect for England counterpart Eddie Jones by saying they talk "probably every second week".

"We had a meeting with the senior players last night (Sunday) and have a pretty good idea how we want to play against New Zealand". "I know that with his attitude he'll come back in even better shape".

England have otherwise been given a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday's visit of New Zealand to Twickenham - the first time they have faced the world champions 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've never been one", Hansen said.

England head coach Eddie Jones says flanker Tom Curry is "highly unlikely" to be passed fit to face the All Blacks at Twickenham this weekend. It's just in a different wrapper.

"When we were successful with the Wallabies we could beat them because we could get to their set-piece, particularly their line-out", he said.

"We've got Courtney training fully and in that back five of the scrum, you saw Charlie Ewels come on at six at the weekend, so we've got a lot of good quality players back there".

Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remainder of England's autumn series by the ankle injury sustained against South Africa. And he's still doing the same job. If you're off on any one little bit of your game you're going to get hit.

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday".

Ben Foakes would have no issue with stepping aside for Jonny Bairstow in England's second Test against Sri Lanka despite a man-of-the-match display on his debut in Galle. "They do it in rugby league in Australia".

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.