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

Tom Curry ruled out of England's entire autumn worldwide series

Tom Curry ruled out of England's entire autumn worldwide series

Wasps flanker Shields will face the country of his birth in England colours this weekend when the All Blacks arrive at Twickenham to take on Eddie Jones' side.

"It's a great occasion playing them at Twickenham and hopefully I will get the opportunity to be part of it".

"International rugby is high [pace], I know it may not have appeared it at the weekend, but it is high because attacking and defending is so quick", said Ashton.

"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". There's a bit to be learned there. "They'll be confident and we can't wait to get them".

England lost 24-21 that day, but under Jones they have beaten every other Tier 1 nation in the world at some point since 2016 - though their form has been rather more inconsistent of late.

"If you're good enough to take that away from them then you've got to be good enough to score points". It is not like Pythagoras theorem and there is no magic formula said he.

Tuilagi has not played for England in two and a half years, and last started in 2014, due to injury problems but has been looking good of late although he pulled out of the Springboks game with a groin strain.

"Sounds simple but their win rate of 91 per cent shows you it's not simple".

Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remainder of England's autumn series by the ankle injury sustained against South Africa.

Jones himself experienced plenty of success against the sport's dominant force after compiling a creditable record of five wins from 11 matches as Australia boss between 2001 to 2005.

Teammate Ben Smith said of the reception he and his teammates received: "There wasn't too much fuss when we got there - we were down the front".

"Since 2011 their line-out has gone from good to being outstanding". They're the three areas they've improved the most in.

But Jones has been wrong-footed by the All Blacks, as second-row Retallick gleefully revealed to the New Zealand Herald.

Territory is a big part of the way they play and their kicking game allows them to do that so we are going to have to have good plans around how we defuse that and we will go from there.

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