England kicking game an awesome challenge, says New Zealand's Ben Smith

Lynette Rowe
November 10, 2018

"I know that with his attitude he'll come back in even better shape".

Meanwhile New Zealand coach Steve Hansen refused to rise to the media's bait and stoke up the rivalry ahead of Saturday's much-anticipated clash - the first time England will play New Zealand in four years.

England flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remaining Quilter Internationals after suffering an ankle injury in the win over South Africa.

"The only people that don't understand what it's like to be a head coach of an worldwide team are the people who've never been one".

"When we were successful with the Wallabies we could beat them because we could get to their set-piece, particularly their line-out", he said.

'I just think the game is getting more intense.

Hansen said he and the Australian speak or text roughly once a fortnight: "You don't ring up people you don't like, just because they are doing the same job as you", Hansen told a news conference on London on Monday.

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"And if you look at our overall numbers, we're actually overall pretty good". I don't see too many articles saying he's kicked 11/12 in the last three tests but if he kicks 2/6 and two hit the posts it's like a national calamity.

England head coach Eddie Jones has highlighted the importance of discipline against the All Blacks but Ashton rejects suggestions that they need to play at a faster pace. They've got some good ideas about the game so we've got plenty of enthusiasm there. Maybe. But there's a lot of good coaches out there.

"To win a test match against a good opponent you've got to do your homework and things have to fall your way a little bit".

"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".

"Does it mean we've got to be on guard against England?".

Playing the Wallabies, Springboks and Pumas so often in the Rugby Championship, and enjoying sustained success against these teams, can create mental challenges when attempting to inspire the same motivation. "So it makes them a good side".

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