The 23-strong group hadn't been sitting back at their hotel with scones and cups of tea as England coach Eddie Jones had suggested, rather they were up close and personal at the staduim in getting a look at England, lock Brodie Retallick said.
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There was a little of the unknown about playing England who were less regular opponents than Australia, South Africa and Argentina. England played a different style of rugby to those sides especially in the air and winning their kicks back and the uncertainty of their style brought some extra edge to the contest.
"There's been a massive rivalry between the All Blacks and England for a long time and obviously there's been a fair bit of build-up to this Test match over the last few years with not having played them for a while and I think Twickenham itself holds its own experience when it's full," Retallick said.
Looking at England, Retallick said they had an athletic back five while their front rowers enjoyed the contact game and the set-piece, especially the lineout would be a good contest while England's loose forwards with former Hurricane Brad Shields involved carried the ball well.
"They've got a strong pack, they know what they're about and they know their business," he said.
Fullback-wing Ben Smith said aerial tactics were a big part of England's game in order to play their game at the right end of the field and that would put pressure on the All Blacks' back three to be on top of their game.
?? #ONTHISDAY in 2010, the All Blacks edged @EnglandRugby 26-16 in front of 80,000 fans at Twickenham. What are your score predictions for when they meet at the same venue this weekend?#ENGvNZL pic.twitter.com/5wwLU5Mjcr— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 5, 2018