Steve Hansen relishing Twickenham clash with 'good bloke' Eddie Jones

Steve Hansen relishing Twickenham clash with 'good bloke' Eddie Jones

Hansen will be hoping Jones endures more misery on Saturday, but the All Blacks head coach says coming under such scrutiny is not affecting the wily Australian.

With the highly-anticipated fixture that commands ticket prices up to £195 now due, Jones will use the drawn series with Steve Hansen's world champions as guidance.

Ben and I both have different strengths which enable us to play together. "The only people that don't understand what it's like to be a head coach of an global team are the people who've never been one".

"So no, I'm not going to give you reasons why we didn't pick him. There's a lot of hype about this game, a lot of talk, and these are the occasions that really test you as a unit". There's a bit to be learned there.

There was then four successive games with six tries scored - against Australia in Sydney and Auckland, against Argentina in Nelson, and against South Africa in Wellington, despite the latter seeing them on the wrong end of the scoreline. They've probably got more energy than us at the moment. It is not like Pythagoras theorem and there is no magic formula said he. There are certain points of the game they appreciate and you want to take them away from them.

"Sounds simple but their win rate of 91 per cent shows you it's not simple".

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"New Zealand have improved hugely at the scrum", scrum coach Neal Hatley said.

"It feels like we've got pretty good balance", said Slade ahead of Thursday's team announcement. So has their scrum and the depth of their players.

"They're athletic, fast and skilful".

But Jones has been wrong-footed by the All Blacks, as second-row Retallick gleefully revealed to the New Zealand Herald.

"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".

Second-rower Courtney Lawes and centre Manu Tuilagi, who missed the South Africa game with back and groin injuries respectively, look set to feature on Saturday.

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