Hansen: Less is better when it comes to NZ-England tests

All Blacks prop Joe Moody has been forced to deal with injuries to his shoulder finger knee thumb and an eyelid this year

GETTY IMAGESAll Blacks prop Joe Moody has been forced to deal with injuries to his shoulder finger knee thumb and an eyelid this year

England face New Zealand for the first time in four years and have been installed as heavy underdogs against the world champions.

"Went up home to Northland, in Kawakawa, mum got me on the chicken soup and I bounced back pretty quick". If we're not good enough then we work out how we can get good enough. He likes to get on the front foot and if it's a strength, we will encourage him to keep pushing at it.

Jones believes opponents are often bewitched by New Zealand's dazzling skills, reducing them to the role of spectators as their try-line is repeatedly breached before coming to their senses.

"There's already pressure on us, the one constant thing about being in the All Blacks is you're under pressure".

The All Blacks as a unit talk about the expectations on them, and Hansen and his staff encourage the players to "walk towards the pressure".

"Once you come to realise that then life becomes a little easier". "We're used to it, we're expected to win every time we go out there, but we embrace it as a team and walk towards it as a team".

"There is no secret to beating New Zealand - you have to take them on and put them under pressure".

Data analysis company Gracenote has studied the team's fixtures since the 2015 World Cup, when facing one of the top nine teams in the world rankings - their fellow Rugby Championship sides Australia, South Africa and Argentina and the Six Nations teams other than Italy.




"Once you've acknowledged it's there you can deal with it", he said.

They also tied a series with a British and Irish Lions team in which England players occupied 19 of the 45 starting places across the three Tests, bolstered by their Wales and Ireland counterparts. "I think the Lions tour has made it bigger because we weren't successful", Hansen told Stuff.

England have won just seven matches against the All Blacks since they first met in 1905, but George has taken heart from the way the Lions drew a three-Test series 1-1 previous year.

Jack Goodhue returns to the New Zealand side to play England but Joe Moody will not feature at Twickenham after suffering a gruesome eye injury that has ended his season.

"There's 80,000 people (in the stadium), it's all over the papers, everyone's talking about it, you can't get a ticket".

Again, another cliché is that to beat New Zealand you need to dominate the set-piece and keep the game structured, denying them the broken field situations that they are so composed at finishing off.

"We have lots of players doing it - Kyle Sinckler as well - but we see Maro being able to do that because of his stature and because that's the way he likes to play the game. It takes that away because he's got someone else to take a bit of the heat".

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