PREVIEW: All Blacks v England (Twickenham)

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Match details: All Blacks v England, Sunday 20 November, 6.30am NZT (Saturday 19 November, 5.30pm GMT), Twickenham, London.

Played: 42

Won: All Blacks 33, England 8, Drawn: 1

Last time: All Blacks 7, England 19 (26 October 2019)

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)

Assistant Referee 1: Damon Murphy (RA)

Assistant Referee 2: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)


Brodie Retallick will become the 12th player to play 100 Tests for the All Blacks when he takes the field at Twickenham. The 31-year-old will join captain Samuel Whitelock as the only locks in the illustrious club. The durable pair will also create their own piece of history, setting a new world record of 64 Test starts together. The previous record (63) was held by South Africa’s Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield. Retallick said the secret to their strong partnership was simple. "In hindsight, we've played a lot together and it's a relationship I cherish, and we spend a lot of time together. I'm pretty relaxed and he likes to nail his homework and he's a farmer and hunter. I don't really do much of that these days but we definitely get on."



The team to take on England resembles the match day 23 that defeated Wales 55-23 a fortnight ago, with some minor tweaks. After impressing on debut against Scotland last week, winger Mark Telea has been retained alongside 79-Test veteran TJ Perenara who will provide halfback cover. With Retallick returning from suspension, Scott Barrett has moved to the blindside flanker role. That will see two loose forwards in the reserves - Shannon Frizell and Hoskins Sotutu - who has been called in to play his first Test since the Lipovitan-D Challenge Cup clash against Japan last month.


England centre Manu Tuilagi played standout roles in England’s last two victories over the All Blacks in 2012 and 2019. The 31-year-old dynamo states that building belief is a key factor in toppling the All Blacks. “You have got to believe in yourself. You've got to believe that you're going to win otherwise your mindset is going in there and hoping it will happen. You've got to have the mindset of imposing our game on them, not the other way around."


Codie Taylor and Samisoni Taukei’aho are expected to provide a one, two punch for the All Blacks at hooker with veteran Taylor starting and Taukei’aho adding impact from the bench. Taylor has played England twice and said although they are one of the most physical sides in the world, Taukei’aho and himself would be up for the challenge "His (Taukei’aho) confidence is contagious for the group. Being a young man, he is happy to slot in there and go about his work. We've seen that all year. Whatever my role is for the team, I want to do the same and add where I can,” Taylor said.


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TEAMS (caps in brackets):

All Blacks:

1. Ethan de Groot (12) 2. Codie Taylor (75) 3. Tyrel Lomax (22) 4. Brodie Retallick (99) 5. Samuel Whitelock (142 - Captain) 6. Scott Barrett (57) 7. Dalton Papali’i (21) 8. Ardie Savea (69) 9. Aaron Smith (113) 10. Richie Mo’unga (43) 11. Caleb Clarke (14) 12. Jordie Barrett (47) 13. Rieko Ioane (58) 14. Mark Telea (1) 15. Beauden Barrett (111)

Reserves: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (20) 17. George Bower (21) 18. Nepo Laulala (44) 19. Shannon Frizell (24) 20. Hoskins Sotutu (13) 21. TJ Perenara (79) 22. David Havili (24) 23. Anton Lienert-Brown (59)


1. Ellis Genge (VC) 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie 3. Kyle Sinckler 4. Maro Itoje 5. Jonny Hill 6. Sam Simmonds 7. Tom Curry 8. Billy Vunipola 9. Jack van Poortvliet 10. Marcus Smith 11. Jonny May 12. Owen Farrell (C) 13. Manu Tuilagi 14. Jack Nowell (VC) 15. Freddie Steward

Reserves: 16. Jamie George 17. Mako Vunipola 18. Will Stuart 19. David Ribbans 20. Jack Willis 21. Ben Youngs 22. Guy Porter 23. Henry Slade


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