Dylan Harley: England ready for battle with New Zealand

England hooker Dylan Hartley insists the Red Rose are prepared

By Sportsbeat

Dylan Hartley insists England are preparing for battle at Twickenham where they welcome New Zealand for the QBE Autumn Internationals opener on Saturday.

The 28-year-old hooker will be hoping to inspire his side to their first win over the All Blacks in five matches and banish the painful memories of a 3-0 series defeat in New Zealand this summer.

Hartley admits taking on the world champions at home is always a daunting challenge, but the All Blacks saw a 22-game unbeaten streak come to an end at the hands of South Africa last month.

And the Northampton Saints captain believes England are well-placed to exact revenge on Steve Hansen’s side in front of the 80,000-strong crowd at the home of rugby.

“New Zealand are a brilliant side. They’re world number one but we’ve got to be confident that we can compete,” said the Kiwi-born, Northampton Saints skipper.

“Every time we play at Twickenham that expectation for us to win is there and it’s brilliant that we have the crowd and the nation behind us. Hopefully we can kick on as a group.

“It wasn’t a year ago that we played the All Blacks, it was only a couple of months ago so it’s fresh in our minds what to expect and we’re fully prepared for the challenge.

“This autumn is a great chance for us to focus on performance. Everyone is talking about the World Cup but we are thinking about the here and now.

“If we can perform well out there on Saturday, I’m sure the result will come.”

Samsung are the Official Consumer Electronics & Smartphone Partner of the England Rugby Team. For more information, offers and competitions visit www.facebook.com/SamsungSport or follow us on Twitter @SamsungSport


MORE: Have your say on Facebook

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

The Sport Review
Friendly rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer celebrate ‘the great memories we shared’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Diego Costa reacts to Michy Batshuayi’s display for Chelsea v Watford
The Sport Review
Owen Hargreaves: Man United star is the best in the world
The Sport Review
Alexis Sanchez: What I really think about Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal