England’s Stuart Lancaster expects different test from New Zealand

England v New Zealand: Red Rose head coach Stuart Lancaster says he expects a different test from the Kiwis on Saturday

Stuart Lancaster
England head coach Stuart Lancaster Photo: The Sport Review

Stuart Lancaster is expecting a completely different contest as England turn their attentions onto facing world champions New Zealand once again at Twickenham.

Lancaster’s troops welcome the All Blacks having won their first two of three autumn international fixtures; the 20-13 win over Australia followed up by a 31-12 triumph over Argentina.

England inflicted a 38-21 defeat on New Zealand during last year’s autumn internationals with that now just the All Blacks’ sole loss in 33 matches dating back to August 2011.

New Zealand claimed they were suffering from a virus last year but, despite that, Lancaster is anticipating the latest clash at Twickenham to be poles apart anyway.

“I’m sure they’ll be motivated to play this game,” said Lancaster. “They have an outstanding record this season and will be keen to finish off this northern hemisphere tour with two wins.

“All I could control last year was our performance and I feel we performed well. But it’s a different New Zealand team we’re facing this time. What happened last year is irrelevant.

“It’s an unbelievable record, not just over this season but since the last World Cup. There’s certainly been no drop off in standards since the World Cup.

“If anything, they’ve gone up another level. They are rightfully number one in the world.”

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