Curry blow for England ahead of NZ clash


Borthwick added centre Manu Tuilagi and lock Courtney Lawes were training again after respective groin and back complaints, and available to play the All Blacks this Saturday at Twickenham.

"He's got a tremendous work ethic, Eddie; he does a lot of homework and through that he will have identified some areas he'll want to try to target", said Hansen.

England flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remaining Quilter Internationals after suffering an ankle injury in the win over South Africa. As Eddie Jones was determined to stress, there is a huge difference between acknowledging how to defeat New Zealand and precisely doing it. "I know that with his attitude he'll come back in even better shape". "It was physical, it's probably not the style of rugby we're used to but they're extremely good at what they did".

Smith said watching a Test in the cheap seats was a novel experience, but an interesting one, all the same.

Asked if Jones would be under the greater pressure given England's poor record this year, Hansen told Sky Sports: "There's a lot of pressure there, all the time, whether you're winning or losing".

"They play different than we do, it's not to say they play a better game or a worse game, they just play differently".

The Kiwi was also keen to emphasise the warmth of the relationship with his England counterpart.

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England head coach Eddie Jones has highlighted the importance of discipline against the All Blacks but Ashton rejects suggestions that they need to play at a faster pace.

"It's like everything - when you're selecting a national team, there's a whole lot of good players that don't quite make it".

"You don't ring people up you don't like, just because they are doing the same job as you".

"So no, I'm not going to give you reasons why we didn't pick him".

"The bottom line is, we talk and our wives talk".

"I don't really think it's relevant at all from what's going to happen at a World Cup".

The rivals clash for the first time in four years when the All Blacks visit Twickenham on Saturday amid rising expectations after the autumn series was launched with a rousing 12-11 victory over South Africa.