Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

England can 'do what they like' during haka, says Kieran Read

England can 'do what they like' during haka, says Kieran Read

Hansen doesn't say these things by chance. "Give them a free rein with a framework to operate in, make them feel good about themselves with a smile on their face, and away they go". He flew straight to England from New Zealand.

"Right now (England) are one of the top teams in the world", he said. He's tough so he gets up and he plays.

"They are very skilled, smart players, and are very accurate as well".

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has also named his team, with an eye injury ruling out prop Joe Moody. "He and Tenzing climbed that mountain for the first time, when New Zealand was unheralded, a place of farmers and colonials, so to speak". "Maybe he has a deal with a lawyer that he gets paid extra if the lawyer gets extra work". "He does the simple things - no fuss, no fanfare, really good team guy", he said.

"You're expected to win every test match you play and win it really well". Then you realise "we can be in this", but by then it's too late. "When Eddie first came in he said we want to be the best team in the world and New Zealand are that at the moment", George said.

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".

"You know that the opposition can do what they like, and for us, we will respect what they do. The management are real harsh on the boys and the boys are harsh on each other so it makes it a healthy competitive environment".

And while England's leading Lions - Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Ben Te'o, Elliot Daly, Jamie George - may feel they have inside oil to drawn on, the All Blacks don't appear anxious.

You've just got to execute your gameplan, he said.

Now another of English rugby union's most notorious recidivists, Chris Ashton, has re-entered the Test picture, with the same kind of air of the unexpected, with his selection to start in the big Test of the autumn against the world champions, New Zealand, at Twickenham tomorrow. "There's going to be 80,000 people, it's all over the papers, everyone's talking about it and you can't get a ticket".

"For me I think it is a great part of the game (that) we need to keep going". "Drawing the series for us wasn't successful so it's made this week have a sharper edge to it".

Five of Eddie Jones' starting XV have experienced victory over New Zealand, the most recent win coming on a Lions tour which saw the combined side win the second Test in Wellington.

Following his conversion from rugby league in 2007, Ashton was at the peak of his powers when he delivered a classic "Ash Splash" try in the famous 2012 Twickenham victory over the All Blacks as his ability to sniff a try from all over the pitch made him one of the most prolific players in the game.

"They'll look to wear you down".

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