England vs. New Zealand: All Blacks go on spying mission at Twickenham

The All Blacks perform the haka prior to the test against England in London in 2014

GETTY IMAGESThe All Blacks perform the haka prior to the test against England in London in 2014

"We don't get a chance to go away and come back at them in another two or three weeks", Foster said.

"There is not one of those guys who played who didn't do the jersey credit".

"So you'll probably find people that are close to those players and family that might support it, then you'd have others with a different view on players jumping into a national team from another country so quickly". The job of the coaching group and management group is to create a future for that jersey and that's what we did.

We are in a good position but we are going to have to have a good preparation week and I think the last couple of weeks will allow us to play some good footie this weekend.

"We were actually at the stadium so we weren't having scones like he suggested, or a cup of tea", he said, saying of the contest they saw.

Curry limped off shortly after half time in England's win against South Africa last weekend before leaving Twickenham on crutches. You don't ring people up you don't like, just because they are doing the same job as you. "I think that's important to understand".

So Hansen was talking from a position of strength and one that could hardly be quibbled with.

"When our boys played for the Lions we got them to do notes about what they felt worked and didn't work".

"You've got to play a certain way against them, there's no doubt about that".

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. Ultimately that's going to drive a good week but it'll come down to how we execute.

Powerhouse centre Tuilagi, who missed the 12-11 victory over South Africa, was also in Eddie Jones's 25-man squad for the visit of the All Blacks - the first time the rivals have met in four years.

"Tom injured his ankle and we don't how long he'll be out for, but he won't be back for our next three Tests", Borthwick said. "You will say fantastic, another bloke we can terrorise".

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