Ashton to make first England start in four years against All Blacks

Lynette Rowe
November 10, 2018

England last beat New Zealand in November 2012 when they ran out 38-21 winners at Twickenham.

Eddie Jones knows the good and bad of the dual code worldwide, quipping in reference to his 30-weeks of suspensions since he took over as England boss that "wherever there's trouble, there's Ashton".

"I think it's even bigger than that actually", Hansen said prior to the All Blacks' main training session in London.

There's also processes put into place for new members of the team - players or staff - to help them adjust to the feeling. We want to be film directors'.

England faces Steve Hansen's world champions for the first time in four years in London on Sunday.

England enter the clash armed with possibly the game's deadliest finisher after Chris Ashton was given his first worldwide start for four years, displacing Jack Nowell from the right wing.

But former Wallaby and Japan boss Jones insisted Farrell required the kind of protection referees routinely afforded by match officials to Ireland No 10 Jonathan Sexton. "That year you can look at it and say the Lions series was a gift because there were a lot of things we didn't do well". He's tough so he gets up and he plays. "He puts his body on the line, he doesn't play in a dinner suit".

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The All Blacks are staying at the same accommodation ahead of Saturday's Test against England, which sees Lawes named on the bench having been restored to full fitness.

Jones said that his conviction that rugby had become a fully 23-man operation was based on trying to deal with the ever-increasing physical demands of the modern game. They won't go away so if you don't take your opportunities that come when you've got momentum it's going to be a dogfight.

Free rein is something that comes naturally to an All Blacks side where fullback Damian McKenzie will act as a "second playmaker" to star fly-half Beauden Barrett in a first-choice team featuring Sonny Bill Williams and Jack Goodhue in midfield.

"The crowd last week was wonderful, we had great support and enthusiasm for the game and they saw a great test match and I'm sure on Saturday they will see another".

"It makes us aware of where their heads are at for the game. Our set-piece and breakdown were very good and we kept Richie McCaw and Dan Carter at bay, so if the current side can do the same, things will be written very differently".

The 31-year-old has amassed 40 caps in an global career interrupted by suspension, falling out of favour with successive England coaches and a season-long spell in Toulon. In the recent Rugby Championship, they averaged 9.2 entries into the 22 per game, the highest in the competition, and allowed just 5.8 per game in return, the least in the competition.

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