Andy Farrell: England are ready to face ‘beatable’ New Zealand

England coach Andy Farrell believes Stuart Lancaster's side are ready to face "beatable" New Zealand on Saturday

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Stuart Lancaster's England take on New Zealand on Saturday Photo: The Sport Review

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Andy Farrell is convinced Stuart Lancaster’s young England side are ready to take on New Zealand, with the coach insisting the world champions are “beatable”.

The Red Rose have registered just one victory in the autumn international series, thrashing Fiji but losing to Australia and South Africa.

Farrell took heart from England’s display in a 16-15 loss to the Springboks last weekend – and he believes Lancaster’s men are ready to test themselves against one of the greatest teams in sport.

“They are beatable,” said Farrell. “This [England] group is fearless, it could certainly be a great milestone.”

He added: “The discussions this week have been ones that were upbeat and the players are super excited about playing against the best in the world.”

“I would think that our boys will see this as a massive privilege to be involved in at such a time in their development – to play against a side that is really, really experienced and has been through a lot and made themselves one of the best sporting teams at the moment.

“Let’s be honest New Zealand are a fantastic side at the minute, there are not many weaknesses throughout, they seem to be completely in sync and they have grown together as a team. They are playing some outstanding rugby at the moment.

“They do a lot of things right but they are also vulnerable in places, there is no doubt about that. You cannot be exceptional in every single department for the whole 80 minutes.

“It is up to us to make them have an off day and hopefully be on song ourselves.”

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