England consult player dossier on how to defeat New Zealand

Ross Houston
November 6, 2018

"Based on England's form over the last six months anyone who comes to the conclusion that England will beat New Zealand on Saturday at Twickenham is doing so on the flimsiest of evidence - whereas there is an avalanche of reasons why they will not".

Pollard booted South Africa, missing key men with the Test falling outside the official global window, into an early lead after Kyle Sinckler strayed offside and England were a man down with 15 minutes played when Itoje was shown a yellow card.

"We are asking one referee to do it the way they did it when blokes like me were playing - jogging around the field basically".

"Manu is back and progressing well - we're cautiously optimistic he'll be available this week, the same with Courtney Lawes".

How does the win on Saturday set you up for New Zealand?

The Saracens ace booted the ball through the middle of the posts from wide on the left with just seven minutes to go, handing England a crucial win ahead of next week's highly-anticipated clash with New Zealand.

Jones also believes rugby games should have two referees in light of the increasing number of controversial decisions. So does Jones think England should take some lessons from how victory was won?

"Tom Curry is off to see the doctor so we'll know more about him today but we're sadly pessimistic about his chances". "We didn't give", Jones said. "And looking from afar, I think he's doing a pretty good job".

"And the expectations when you coach a top side like England are, you're expected to win, and play well".

"Zero, mate", Jones replied.

"You can get cited for something you did at a party when you were 15, anything could happen", he said.

That, however, may not be the end of the matter with citing commissioner Keith Brown - who is himself from New Zealand - having 24 hours from Saturday's final whistle to decide if further disciplinary action should be taken. You've got to have the necessary belief within your squad that you've got the tactics right, you've got the fitness, you've got the chemistry of the team right.

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