Drawn Lions series makes England Test bigger for All Blacks - Hansen

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Hansen doesn't say these things by chance.

"I feel like this team is primed and ready to go".

Jones obviously enjoyed the cameo too as on Thursday he named him to start against New Zealand, with Jack Nowell dropping to the bench.

"Right now (England) are one of the top teams in the world", he said.

"But he's tough so he gets up and he plays". They get on the field, they play and they give you everything they've got and he's like that.

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New Zealand have signalled their attacking intent against England by naming two playmakers in a full- strength side for Saturday's blockbuster Test at Twickenham.

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"New Zealand week is different".

"He might have a deal with a lawyer that he gets paid extra if the lawyer gets extra work".

Hansen said the 30-year-old loosehead would be sidelined for six weeks, meaning he will also miss the world champions' upcoming Tests against Ireland and Italy.

"The one constant thing about being in the All Blacks is you're under pressure constantly", said Hansen.

"Once you come to realise that then life becomes a little easier". [The pressure] is there, it's not going to go away.

But a relaxed Read, speaking at New Zealand's London hotel on Friday, said: "We do the haka as a challenge, but it is more about us connecting as a team".

They are heavy favourites for victory at the weekend but Hansen shrugged off talk of his team being under pressure to deliver.

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"But does it put pressure on us? No. The management are real harsh on the boys and the boys are harsh on each other so it makes it a healthy competitive environment".

Coach Steve Hansen said either player could marshall the attack, making the world champions hard to predict for defensively minded teams such as England. "You couldn't describe it any other way", said Hansen.

England face New Zealand for the first time in four years on Saturday when the All Blacks visit Twickenham.

"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 going to be 80,000 people, it's all over the papers, everyone's talking about it and you can't get a ticket". "I think the Lions tour has made it bigger because we weren't successful".

"The Lions tour has made it bigger because we weren't successful in only drawing the series".

The way Jones tells it now, having recalled Ashton for a first Test in four years off the bench against South Africa last weekend, is that each time a spot was available, the flame-haired wing from Wigan, via Northampton, Saracens, Toulon and Sale, mucked it up by getting a ban: 10 weeks for an eye-gouge in January 2016; 13 weeks for a bite that September. They play more running rugby, and we play a bit more of a structured game.

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