Hansen relishing Twickenham clash with "good bloke" Jones

Rex Christensen
November 8, 2018

England coach Eddie Jones could replace Curry with Sam Underhill against the All Blacks, while Mark Wilson, who was named man-of-the-match against the Springboks having started at number eight and switched to the flank in the second half, is another option.

"We've got Courtney training fully and in that back five of the scrum, you saw Charlie Ewels come on at six at the weekend, so we've got a lot of good quality players back there".

"The bottom line is, we talk and our wives talk".

New Zealand go into the game on the back of a 69-31 win over Japan in Tokyo last Saturday with a side featuring eight debutants.

Tom Curry will miss the rest of England's November Tests after suffering an ankle injury during the 12-11 win over South Africa.

"I don't think they played too much attention to it. 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".

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There was a lot of unjust [criticism] about the players that played in the cup". He indicated his long-term future remains at the Camp Nou .

Asked if Jones would be under the greater pressure given England's poor record this year, Hansen told Sky Sports: "There's a lot of pressure there, all the time, whether you're winning or losing". It's just in a different wrapper. So he's not too bothered by it.

"He's got a tremendous work ethic, Eddie; he does a lot of homework and through that he will have identified some areas he'll want to try to target", said Hansen.

Territory is a big part of the way they play and their kicking game allows them to do that so we are going to have to have good plans around how we defuse that and we will go from there. "They obviously have a very good league and maybe our stuff is not shown on telly there".

"He's had some success against New Zealand in the past, but hopefully he doesn't get any on Saturday".

"They are a good rugby team".

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