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Preview – England v All Blacks

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It is a test match that many wanted since Eddie Jones took over the England side but to be honest at the moment it is not the same England side than a year ago.

England had a terrible year ending second last in the Six Nations, losing 2-1 against South Africa in the June test series and last weekend edge the Springboks with one point.

The All Blacks so far this season has lost just the one test against the Springboks and were run closed by the Springboks in Pretoria, the rest they dominated and ran away with the matches.

To add to Jones Englands bad form he also have multiple injuries to content with as well.

To say that England will be the underdogs going into Saturdays test, is an understandment.

England will be tested in all departments and more so in the set pieces which they struggle against the Springboks last weekend.

To add to that the All Blacks have been the team with the most dangerous attacking ability for years now.

It is difficult enough to beat the All Blacks more so when your form is not that great and you missing some key players to injury.

But don’t let that fool you, Eddie Jones knows how to cause upsets, just asked Jean De Villiers and Heyneke Meyer. To add to that he has Mitchel in his corner as well now.

There were not many teams that could outsmart Hansen and his All Blacks the last few years but those that did had a solid platform upfront.

If England loose the battle upfront they will loose the test.

There is a small margin for error against the world number one team and if England do not step up big time from their performance against the Springboks they will have a long day.

The All Blacks will not leave the same chances on the field like the Springboks did in that first half. They will punish you for every single mistake.

One thing that do count for England is Twickenham were they never found it easy.

Many have said that this is the best All Blacks side so England will have to put a 200% improvement in on Saturday.

Prediction: It may be close for the fist twenty minutes but All Blacks will be too string, All Blacks by 10 or even more if England does not pitch up

The test match will be live on SuperSport 1 at 16:30 on Saturday

The teams:

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (cc), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Brad Shields, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dylan Hartley (cc), 1 Ben Moon
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Ryan Crotty

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