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All Blacks ready for Twickenham challenge - Read

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Lynn McConnell     10 Nov 2018     Getty Images

Speaking at the traditional captain's run press conference on Friday, Read said the week had gone well but it was all about turning up on Saturday with the right attitude and the right game plan.

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Rather than looking back to the last time the teams met in 2014, Read said they had paid more attention to England's team of the moment and they were a team who had improved and now they were one of the top teams in the world.

"They play a game that can be fairly conservative but it wins football games and they've got some guys out there who are pretty devastating with ball in hand," he said.

There was the added recognition of the 100th commemoration of Armistice Day and Read said they had talked about that. Wearing a poppy on their jersey was not something they got to do often and it would be a special day to be playing England at Twickenham.

"I'm really looking forward to it, it's one of those occasions you remember across your career," he said.



Twickenham was a great place to play, it had a fantastic atmosphere and both teams went out looking to win and he was expecting a great game.

"I've really enjoyed playing on the big stages and Twickenham is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, stage in rugby. I'm looking forward to that, the guys are pretty excited and they've had to rein us in all week to keep our energy up for Saturday," he said.

The game itself was a one-off game and had been rightly built up as full of interest and the All Blacks wanted to go out and do their best, he said.

The British media fixation with the haka was raised again during the captain's conference and he said the opposition could treat it how they liked.

"We do the haka as a challenge but it's also more about us connecting as a team. The opposition can do what they like. For us, we'll respect what they do and hopefully the haka shows respect as well. We'll see what happens.

"It's part of the history of the game and us as New Zealanders. I certainly get a kick out of it and I'm sure the crowd does as well. Whether they sing or what, it adds to the atmosphere. For me, I think it's a great part of the game that we need to keep going," he said.