England consult dossier on how to beat New Zealand

Doug Mendoza
November 6, 2018

Jones started Owen Farrell at fly-half for just the third time under his stewardship but when it came to describing how the 10-12-13 axis performed against the Springboks, Jones was less complimentary, "Very rusty, as you'd expect with three training runs".

England supplied the largest contingent of players to the 2017 Lions tour and upon their return, Eddie Jones requested suggestions from the likes of Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje on how the All Blacks could be beaten.

'We've got John Mitchell and myself who have coached against them a few times.

Heaping pressure on the New Zealand lineout and playmakers such as Beauden Barrett certainly played a part in the Lions' 1-1 series draw in the summer of 2017 and Jones believes his team can go one better. "Sometimes you can take what you want from it", Farrell said.

"You're going to do it at some stage, you know that. Imagine if Theresa May comes out and says: 'We got the result because we hung in there.' I don't think that's going to happen".

"There's no magic formula - it's not like Pythagoras' theorem".

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"England have beaten New Zealand despite overwhelming odds before, and they can again - but to do so against a champion All Black side in mint condition, they will have to be every bit as sharp and skilful, and play with manic determination".

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

Jones himself experienced plenty of success against the sport's dominant force after compiling a creditable record of five wins from 11 matches as Australia boss between 2001 to 2005. "It's already been made", said Erasmus.

With New Zealand coming what has been the main message to the players?

"But now they're able to play that tighter game when it's required and that's why it's so hard to beat them now".

England's power game has also been boosted by cautiously optimistic injury news for centre Manu Tuilagi, who was the star of England's last victory over the All Blacks in 2012.

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