Don't over-do England/NZ Tests: Hansen

Doug Mendoza
November 10, 2018

"They are very skilled, smart players, and are very accurate as well".

No matter what they do, there is a feeling within the All Blacks the Lions result is continually rubbed in their face.

Hansen said it would be foolish to write England off.

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"They won 18 Tests in a row coming out of a World Cup that was deemed to be a disaster. He does the simple things - no fuss, no fanfare, really good team guy", he said. "The one constant thing about being in the All Blacks is you're under pressure", Hansen said.

"You're expected to win every Test match and not only win it but win it really well". [The pressure] is there, it's not going to go away.

"We do the haka as a challenge but it is more about us connecting as a team".

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The All Blacks as a unit talk about the expectations on them, and Hansen and his staff encourage the players to "walk towards the pressure".

"We think against sides that play a little differently than we do, having two playmakers makes it a lot harder for them to shut us down", said Hansen whose side, fresh from victories over Australia and Japan, find themselves in their familiar role of favorites.

We want to be at our best, better than we were in the previous Test match and we want to play with pride and passion which ignites the fan.

"The experience they had over us was massive - nearly four times as many caps - but with that you're almost not scared in some regards; you just think, 'right, we'll just go at it, try to express ourselves and throw everything at them to try and get the win".

The rivals meet for the first time since 2014 with New Zealand overwhelming favourites to land a psychological blow ahead of the 2019 World Cup and England are eager to discover their place in the global hierarchy.

Steve Hansen believes New Zealand's clash with England is bigger than last year's series against the British and Irish Lions.

"If you've got half of it missing, you can't wipe your eye, so it'll affect your eyesight long-term so we need to make sure he's OK".

"There's 80,000 people (in the stadium), it's all over the papers, everyone's talking about it, you can't get a ticket". New Zealand's draw in that series made it unsuccessful according to their head coach, who revealed in an ominous warning to England that the All Blacks have trained with a sharper edge this week out of hunger for revenge.

"The acceleration requirement of the players is 30 percent more now than it was two or three years ago, so the game's getting physically more intense and therefore you need to be able to particularly fill the high-work rate positions with two players because it's nearly impossible now to field a front-rower for 80 minutes".

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