Assistant coach Foster says Shields came 'very close' to All Blacks selection

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"The big thing for me is just making my debut and being able to say I'm an England Test cricketer".

The All Blacks are the favourites for Saturday's encounter but Hansen described his respect for England and for their coach.

"There will be a bit of banter (among the players) I'm assuming afterwards, but everyone's pretty focused on what we do. I know that with his attitude he'll come back in even better shape than he is now".

The All Blacks are gearing up for a contest that has been four years in the making, when they finally clash with England at Twickenham as part of their northern tour on Sunday morning.

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"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", Hansen said.

The New Zealand Herald says that Ben Smith and Brodie Retallick were among a group of All Blacks who passed up the chance to receive free tickets from the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and instead slipped into Twickenham to sit among fans and "get some intelligence on the enemy they will face on Saturday". It's just in a different wrapper.

"Jonny, I think, will be fit", Foakes said.

"The bottom line is he'll be going about doing his job like he always does".

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Flanker Tom Curry will miss the remainder of England's autumn series due to an ankle injury sustained in the victory against South Africa, coach Steve Borthwick said on Tuesday.

"Tom injured his ankle and we don't how long he'll be out for, but he won't be back for our next three Tests", Borthwick said.

Shields was born in Masterton to English parents and played for Hurricanes before moving to Wasps and tasting Test rugby with England. Maybe. But there's a lot of good coaches out there. "So it makes them a good side".

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday", Hansen said of Jones. You've got to be in the game and, when you get the opportunity to score points, you've got to be good enough to take them.

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