Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

'Half of it missing': Gruesome eye injury floors All Black

'Half of it missing': Gruesome eye injury floors All Black

The sold-out Test match follows the 2017 Lions tour when New Zealand were held to a draw on home soil.

The last game Ashton started for England was against the All Blacks - a side he has scored two tries against in five meets - and former club mate Itoje doesn't think he's been affected by the global lay off.

"You can either make the movie or be in the movie, and we want to make the movie", said Jones, whose victory over South Africa as Japan coach at the 2015 World Cup is being made into a film called "The Brighton Miracle".

"He is a good player and he has been for a long time", Jones insisted as he demoted Nowell in favour of a man who, due to his most recent ban, has made one just club appearance since June.

"Jack has trained the house down so you've got to trust the medical people".

"I don't know who's writing [England] off, you'd be foolish to do that, but does it put pressure on us?" And we're happy to go out there and get stuck into them.

England did not show enough last week to suggest they can topple the All Blacks and the world champions are [1.2] for a reason.

The All Blacks as a unit talk about the expectations on them, and Hansen and his staff encourage the players to "walk towards the pressure".

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"The thing that impressed me most is that in that French league you can have very, very good players who when they get there deteriorate because they get lazy", he added.

Leicester hooker Youngs, right, who won his fourth cap that day, told The Rugby Paper: "We were definitely under huge pressure after losing to Australia and South Africa, but it actually tightened us as a group and we got ready for a massive, massive battle".

"You're expected to win every Test match and not only win it but win it really well". Then you realise "we can be in this", but by then it's too late.

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".

Prop Joe Moody suffered a cut eye in training, so Karl Tu'inukuafe takes his place in the front row of a side captained by number eight Kieran Read and directed by Beauden Barrett at fly-half.

Defining instances, such as Sonny Bill Williams red card in the second test, and the highly controversial ending to the third at Eden Park, have seemingly faded from memory for some.

Hansen has already seen how well Williams and Ryan Crotty play together, but with Goodhue fast developing as the first-choice centre, the coach wants to see how the pair gel.

"He doesn't have any demons and he hasn't got any devils or anything running around in his head", said Hansen.

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