England match even bigger than Lions tour, says All Blacks coach Hansen

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England take on New Zealand on Saturday confident they can spring a surprise, but aware they face the ultimate test in modern rugby.

"Ed Hillary was one of the great men of New Zealand", added Hansen. If we're not good enough then we work out how we can get good enough.

Several teams have challenged the haka before with France famously walking up to the New Zealand team during the performance before going on to beat them during the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

Jones believes opponents are often bewitched by New Zealand's dazzling skills, reducing them to the role of spectators as their try-line is repeatedly breached before coming to their senses.

Jones said: 'You can either make the movie or watch the movie, and we want to make the movie.

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

They are heavy favourites for victory at the weekend but Hansen shrugged off talk of his team being under pressure to deliver. We have to put our stamp on the game. "The management are real harsh on the boys and the boys are harsh on each other so it makes it a healthy competitive environment".

"Once you've acknowledged it's there you can deal with it", he said.

New Zealand Rugby team players performs the Haka prior to the rugby union global match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

"I don't think our patience (with Williams) will be driven by his background, more based on how we see players perform in training".

England last played the All Blacks during their tour of New Zealand in 2014, before Itoje broke on to the global scene, however, the 24-year-old says he will be drawing on his experience with the Lions in Saturday's game.

"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".

"We've got a whole lot of players who have had injuries this year, significant injuries over time, and they've come back and at various degrees of accuracy in their game", said Foster.

England have won just seven matches against the All Blacks since they first met in 1905, but George has taken heart from the way the Lions drew a three-Test series 1-1 a year ago.

They were a bit more condensed and willing to charge up the middle which drove the English defensive line back a metre and gave Beauden Barrett that fraction extra bit of time and space to play other runners into better positions.

"They'll play a physical game up front, their kicking game is pretty good, their aerial skills to support that are pretty good". 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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