All Blacks will need to adapt fast at Twickenham - Ryan

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Assistant coach Jason Ryan said the on-going difference in interpretations between northern and southern hemisphere referees meant the All Blacks needed to be able to cope quickly with variations that some referees required of them, especially at the scrum and often at the breakdown.

Ryan said the scrum infringements suffered against Scotland required faster adaption by the All Blacks, and they could expect that England, who prided themselves on their scrummaging, would make similar demands of them.

It was the sort of challenge Ryan said he enjoyed preparing for.

"They love those exchanges in the UK, and they do a lot of things really well, so we'll have to be right on our game.

"No doubt there'll be some momentum shifts in this game as well, there'll be some big moments, and it's important for us that we win the ones that matter."

While the All Blacks' bench made the difference in wiping the deficit to claim their win against Scotland, it would be a more experienced unit that started at Twickenham. But as a unit the side had been showing continual improvement.


"We're winning and learning at the moment, and seeking to improve. We know it will be a good step up for us this week, and we're really looking forward to that as well."

England would play to their strengths. They had a lot of good ball-carriers in props Kyle Sinckler and Ellis Genge, who had energy around the park and were great athletes. Lock Maro Itoje was a leader in their lineout.

The All Blacks should be at full strength in the lineout with Brodie Retallick's return from suspension for his 100th Test match.

He is a player who Ryan has enjoyed working with.

"I've always had a huge amount of respect for Brodie. I've coached against him plenty of times in Super Rugby games, and when he's on and in great form, he's a tremendous player, and he holds a lot of respect in the All Black group.

"He demands a lot out of the jersey and people in the room, people on the grass and also the coaches, so it will be a tremendous achievement for big Guzz [Retallick's nickname] and we'll get right behind him and have the performance he can be proud of as well."


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