Moody injury forces Hansen to tweak strongest side

All Blacks prop Joe Moody has been forced to deal with injuries to his shoulder finger knee thumb and an eyelid this year

"The way they've spoken this week is exciting and we're ready to rip into it", Saracens hooker George said.

"Our team went on to have a pretty successful Six Nations and enjoyed a decent a winning streak".

"I said to Eddie have you have seen Ashton play?"

"Right now (England) are one of the top teams in the world", he said.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen fears playing regular Test matches against England would diminish the spectacle and have a negative impact on players.

There were also 27 Englishmen among the 131 worldwide rugby players to have died in the war.

Lawes missed the South Africa game with a back problem but his presence bolsters the England lineout and general play fo the pack for what will be a draining game against New Zealand.

"You're expected to win every Test match and not only win it but win it really well".

Hansen has further raised expectations for the highly-anticipated clash by declaring it bigger than last year's British and Irish Lions tour. The All Blacks have won the last five games against England and beaten them in 14 of the last 15 clashes. As now, we were playing the world champions; they'd been unbeaten since the World Cup and you know that if you're not playing somewhere near your best you're going to get spanked because they're a quality side. "But does it put pressure on us? No. There's 80,000 people, it's all over the papers, everyone's talking about it, you can't get a ticket".

Injury-depleted England are facing the strongest available All Blacks team complete with the likes of Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane and Brodie Retallick, but are buoyed by last Saturday's stirring victory over South Africa.

"We've got natural athletes who want to run and carry the ball and pass the ball and have terrific instincts and want to play what's in front of them", he said.

Following his conversion from rugby league in 2007 Ashton was at the peak of his powers when he delivered a classic "Ash Splash" try in the famous 2012 Twickenham victory over the All Blacks as his ability to "sniff a try" from all over the pitch made him one of the most prolific players in the game. "I wouldn't say it's a life-changing experience to beat them but it's certainly a great feather to stick in your cap".

"The thing that impressed me most is that in that French league you can have very, very good players who when they get there deteriorate because they get lazy", he added. They won't go away so if you don't take your opportunities that come when you've got momentum it's going to be a dogfight.



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