PREVIEW: All Blacks vs England

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MATCH DETAILS: All Blacks vs England, Saturday 10 November, 3pm BST (Sunday 11 November, 4am NZT), Twickenham Stadium, London.

Played: 40
Won: All Blacks 32, England 7
Drawn: 1
Last time: All Blacks 24, England 21 (8 November 2014)

Referee: Jerome Garces

After introducing eight debutants in Tokyo last week, the All Blacks have named an experienced side to take on England at Twickenham. An eye-lid injury to Joe Moody means that Karl Tu’inukuafe starts at loosehead prop with the biggest talking points coming in the backline. Jack Goodhue has been preferred to partner Sonny Bill Williams in the midfield and Damian McKenzie will start at fullback to offer two play-making options in the backline. 


More than just world ranking points will be on stake at Twickenham with the Hillary Shield also on the line. The Hillary Shield was introduced in 2008 to honour the memory of Sir Edmund Hillary and has been held by New Zealand since 2013 with England having their lone Hillary Shield success in 2012.
There are blockbuster clashes across the park but none maybe more ferocious than the battle between midfielders Ben Te’o for England and Sonny Bill Williams for the All Blacks. Both are hulking athletes and punishing defenders. While Sonny Bill Williams offers one of the best off-loading games in the world, Te’o is a damaging ball-runner and genuine game-breaker. Williams has had a dogged run of injuries in 2018 and will need to be at the top of his game to contain one of England’s main attacking weapons.

England coach Eddie Jones said last week’s win over South Africa was just the start for his side and he expects his charges to be even better against the All Blacks. “We want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fan. It's been a good week, the players have recovered well, trained well on Tuesday, exceptionally well on Wednesday and we look forward to the challenge of taking on New Zealand. The crowd last week was wonderful. We had great support and enthusiasm for the game and they saw a great test match, and I'm sure on Saturday they will see another.

For only the second time, the All Blacks will wear the Returned and Services Association’s New Zealand poppy on the sleeve of the All Blacks jersey when the team takes the field at Twickenham, a day before the Centenary Commemoration of Armistice Day. The poppy, which is known as the Earl Haig design, was designed specifically for New Zealand and has been in use since 1978. The All Blacks will wear an embroidered poppy on their jerseys to honour those who died in the service of New Zealand and all serving and ex-service veterans in the Test match on Saturday November 10.

Locks Brodie Retallick and Samuel Whitelock will be playing their 49th Test together, equalling the All Blacks starting locks partnership record set by Robin Brooke and Ian Jones.

All Blacks (caps in brackets):

1. Karl Tu'inukuafe (10) 2. Codie Taylor (39) 3. Owen Franks (104) 4. Samuel Whitelock (106) 5. Brodie Retallick (72) 6. Liam Squire (21) 7. Ardie Savea (32) 8. Kieran Read - captain (115) 9. Aaron Smith (80) 10. Beauden Barrett (70) 11. Rieko Ioane (21) 12. Sonny Bill Williams (50)13. Jack Goodhue (5) 14. Ben Smith (74)15. Damian McKenzie (20)
Reserves: 16. Dane Coles (57) 17. Ofa Tuungafasi (23) 18. Nepo Laulala (14) 19. Scott Barrett (26) 20. Matt Todd (15) 21. TJ Perenara (52) 22. Richie Mo'unga (5) 23. Ryan Crotty (42)

1-Ben Moon, 2-Dylan Hartley (co-captain), 3-Kyle Sinckler, 4-Maro Itoje, 5-George Kruis, 6-Brad Shields, 7-Sam Underhill, 8-Mark Wilson, 9-Ben Youngs, 10-Owen Farrell (co-captain), 11- Jonny May, 12-Ben Te'o, 13-Henry Slade, 14-Chris Ashton, 15- Elliot Daly
Reserves: 16-Jamie George, 17-Alec Hepburn, 18-Harry Williams, 19-Charlie Ewels, 20-Courtney Lawes, 21-Danny Care22-George Ford, 23-Jack Nowell

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